Mayoral ChallengerSays the Mayor’s Promise to invest Nearly $1 Billion In Schools Is an Election Year Stunt
In another attempt to feign his concern in the continuing saga of the mis-education of our children, the Mayor announced yesterday that a new $70 million high school building will be going up SOMEWHERE on the Near West Side as part of nearly $1 billion in school infrastructure funding. This announcement is clearly an election year distraction and our children deserve better.
The litany of issues facing CPS continues to grow:
- The still unfolding sexual abuse scandal and cover up;
- The sharing of students’ and families’ information through a CPS data breach;
- Continued promises to provide free Pre-Schools for every four year-old. The same pledge was made in In 2014, when private investors were asked to expand early childhood programs for 3- and 4-year-olds;
- A lack of special education services that leave our most vulnerable students struggling to get an education;
- Outsourcing services, for school maintenance, that have left schools trash filled and filthy;
- The closing of schools;
- Many students testing below grade level; and
- Many high school graduates exiting the system unprepared for college.
A lack of a clear CPS growth plan that offers details on locations and funding, with no clear guarantee of equity in education for all students is not what the city of Chicago needs. A dynamic, rigorous education for all our children, that helps stem the violence in our city, should be the goal for ALL of Chicago, and one that I will diligently strive for as Mayor.
Statement attributable to, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago
July 7, 2018