The City Council today approved a request by at-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George for a hearing to look at whether voters should once again be giving a direct say on who serves on the School Committee.
It's Essaigi-George's first new hearing request in her new role as chairwoman of the council's education committee. Essaibi-George, who taught at East Boston High School and who has three children in BPS, took over the post from now former Councilor Tito Jackson, who made a return to an elected committee one of his issues in his race for mayor last year.
Boston voters voted in 1989 to make the seven-member committee one appointed by the mayor and then re-ratified their vote in another referendum in 1996.
Essaibi-George did not say how she stood on the issue, but said she wants to give parents the chance to speak on "how families will best engage with the people who set policy, who impact their children's education."
At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley supported the hearing motion, but said she hopes that among the issues to be considered would be giving the committee's one student representative a vote in deliberations.