Education Question 3

Should the School Board conduct a national search for a new schools chief?

Gery Chico: Just as the Mayor is responsible for attracting the best companies to Chicago, the Mayor should also be responsible for bringing the best educational leaders to our city.  Not only will I conduct a national search for a new schools chief, I also will lead nationwide recruiting of the best principals and teachers in order to bring them to the Chicago Public Schools.

Miguel del Valle: A national search may be appropriate, but I would not spend significant funding or resources on a national search. We have excellent local leadership from which to identify qualified candidates.  A national search simply complements seeking out local candidates.

Rahm Emanuel: Yes. If we are going to have the greatest education system in the country, we must draw from the best national talent.

Carol Moseley Braun: As mayor, I will support a search that yields the most qualified candidates to lead the school system.

Patrica Van Pelt-Watkins: Yes, I believe that we should recruit from around the country, or even around the world, to hire a new CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.  Chicago is a world-class city, and we should find candidates that will bring fresh ideas, innovations and expertise to improve our schools.

William "Doc" Walls, III: As soon as I am elected, I will empanel a Blue Ribbon Committee of educational community activists, parents and members of the Chicago Teacher's Union to conduct an unlimited search to identify the three most desirable candidates for Chicago Public Schools Superintendent. The School Board may then choose the candidate they deem best.