Education Question 1

Do you want control of the Chicago Public Schools? If so, how should Board of Education members be selected? Should some of them be elected?

Gery Chico: I do not support the idea of an elected school board.  I would not create 11 new politicians.  This isn’t about politics, it’s about doing the best job we can for our kids.  I believe the Mayor should be accountable for the success or failure of the public schools. 

Miguel del Valle: There are pros and cons regarding mayoral control, but on balance I believe the next mayor should maintain control over the Chicago Public Schools and Board of Education because it creates a direct line of accountability for all the different constituencies that have an interest in creating a quality public school system.

I know it will only be possible to foster positive results if students, parents, teachers, principals, teachers, unions, and the school board work together as partners. We all need to do more, and not everyone will always agree or like what needs to be done. But, as mayor I will make sure all voices are heard and will keep a focus on what is best for students and their families.

Rahm Emanuel: I am comfortable with the current responsibilities given to the mayor and the school board.

Carol Moseley Braun: I do not support limiting the mayor’s involvement in the school system.  The board members should be selected based upon merit and experience, and I support public input in the board’s selection.

Patrica Van Pelt-Watkins: The Mayor should be held accountable to the people of the city for improving our public schools by working with the Board of Education not on the Board of Education. 

As Mayor, I would support changing the membership rules of the Board of Education to allow for a combination of appointed and elected members.  This critical balance would allow for the Mayor’s Office to maintain a high standard of qualification for the board without infringing on the board’s autonomy. 

William "Doc" Walls, III: No I do not want to control the Board of Education. Rather than continue to allow the Mayor to appoint the school board, we must elect a school board, from single member districts, The President should be elected citywide.