After pleas from parents, teachers, and students, the vote was 4-1. The board also voted 5-0 to close Khepera.
Who can serve? Why should the board be elected? Parents and activists spoke passionately about these issues and more during two hours of testimony.
The tally was 3-1, with one abstention. The School Reform Commission has governed the District for 16 years. A new Board of Education is expected to start on July 1.