Getting Answers on What Matters for Public Ed: Municipal Election 2019

We've put together a questionnaire covering important issues for public schools in Chicago. We sent it out to all the candidates for mayor, and the responses we got back from six candidates are included below.

Questions here: Raise Your Hand Action Municipal Election Questionnaire 2019

Candidate responses are formatted as received.

Many of these questions apply to aldermanic races as well as the mayoral race. We encourage people to put the questions to use in any candidate forums leading up to Feb 26th.

Although this questionnaire is detailed, it does not comprehensively cover all areas of education policy. Do you need questions for your aldermanic or mayoral forum on education on areas that aren't on this list? Contact us for assistance.




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  • Sara Sayigh
    Maybe it is a niche issue but I find it telling. Only 2 candidates – Lori Lightfoot and Chico mention school librarians although in CPS under Rahm librarians have almost disappeared.
  • Cassandre Creswell

    “Bill Daley, a former White House chief of staff and U.S. commerce secretary, said his advisers include his communications director Peter Cunningham, founder of education opinion blog the Education Post. Cunningham also served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education under then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan from 2009 to 2012.

    Cunningham also helped handle communications for Duncan when he led the school district from 2001 to 2009 and when Daley’s brother, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, ran the city. That was during the Renaissance 2010 era, a time when Duncan and the mayor pledged to open 100 new schools — many of them charter or contract schools — and close poor-performing ones across the city, a turnaround effort that yielded mixed results."
  • Maggie Baran
    Who’s Peter?