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?
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.
Do you believe the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools should be an educator? Why or why not? What are the main qualities you would look for?
I support having somebody with a proven track record in education to lead the school system.
Should the School Board conduct a national search for a new schools chief?
As mayor, I will support a search that yields the most qualified candidates to lead the school system.
Chicago has the shortest school day among large, urban districts. What would you do about that?
Appropriate measures concerning increasing the length of school days must be pursued within the parameters of fiscal responsibility.
CPS is looking at another enormous deficit for the 2011-2012 school year – under the teachers’ union contract, salaries are scheduled to rise another 4 percent, and federal stimulus money will be gone. How do you get out of that mess?
I plan to use my experience in Springfield and Washington to push for more funding from state and national revenues. As mayor, I also support making revenues generated from taxes more efficient to the schools’ operational budget.
Would you support the closing of low-performing and under-enrolled schools? Why or why not?
As mayor, it will be my priority to work to improve schools by increasing performance and enrollment.
Would you support the continued expansion of charter schools in Chicago? Why or why not?
I do not support privatization of public education and hold improving the CPS as the priority.
Do think it is it too hard to fire bad teachers who have tenure? If so, what do you think should be done about that?
Should seniority govern teacher layoffs? If not, how would you recommend that future layoffs be handled?
In New York and Los Angeles, controversy has erupted over whether teacher evaluations should be made public or shared with parents. Is that a good idea? Would you push to share evaluations with parents in Chicago?
Do schools have a role in stopping youth violence? If so, what should schools do, and how would you support their efforts?
I believe the community needs to work in partnership with CPS and the city to address putting an end to youth violence.
What would success with your education agenda look like at the end of your first term?
Increased enrollment, improved performance, an increased graduation rate and more Chicago students enrolling in college.