An Education Agenda For Chicago’s Next Mayor

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The Chicago Public Schools logo is shown at the district's headquarters in 2017. Andrew Gill/WBEZ
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The Chicago Public Schools logo is shown at the district's headquarters in 2017. Andrew Gill/WBEZ

An Education Agenda For Chicago’s Next Mayor

One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s most controversial actions during his two terms in office came in 2012 when he closed 50 Chicago Public Schools. 

Emanuel said he had no choice due to dwindling enrollment. And the number of students in the CPS system has continued to drop from roughly 403,000 in the 2013 to about 361,000 today.

So, how will Chicago’s next mayor deal with that issue and others, like teachers’ strikes, the fallout from a sexual assault scandal, and more?

Morning Shift explores the challenges Emanuel’s successor will likely face when it comes to education and CPS.  

GUESTS: Sarah Karp, WBEZ education reporter

Kate Grossman, WBEZ senior education editor

LEARN MORE: Betrayed: Chicago Schools Failed To Protect Students From Sexual Abuse (Chicago Tribune 7/27/18)

On Returning School Control To Voters, Chicago Mayor Candidates Are Split (Chalkbeat Chicago 12/19/18)  

The Charter-School Teachers’ Strike In Chicago Was “Inevitable” (The Atlantic 12/6/18)