CHICAGO -- The Raise Your Hand Coalition, Northside Democracy for America and the Illinois Policy Institute have teamed together to present the first Chicago Mayoral Forum on Education. Scheduled for December 15th, the event will take place at Walter Payton High School and will be moderated by Andy Shaw, Executive Director of the Better Government Association and former ABC political reporter. With nearly every major candidate committed to participating, this event will likely be the only one of its kind specifically focused on this issue.
Confirmed candidates include Gery Chico, City Clerk Miguel Del Valle, Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and State Sen. Rev. James Meeks. Former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel has declined the invitation to participate due to other commitments. U.S. Representative Danny Davis is reviewing congressional commitments and has not yet confirmed his participation.
“Education is a driving issue in the mayoral race and we need to understand how our new mayor is going to address the critical issues of education including funding, infrastructure, learning time, accountability, security and labor issues,” said Wendy Katten, founding member of the Raise Your Hand Coalition. “The people of Chicago want to know how our mayoral candidates are going to take bold steps to reform Chicago’s public education system given the fiscal crisis that our city and state currently faces.”
"The next mayor is going to decide whether Chicago finally becomes a
national leader for school reform. The outgoing administration can boast
important but limited successes in improving the city's schools, but
the larger goal of systemwide improvement hasn't been met," said Collin
Hitt, director of education policy at the Illinois Policy Institute.
"This debate is an opportunity for each
candidate to talk in depth about his or her plans improve Chicago's
school system. And it's an opportunity for the public to better know
who, if anyone, wants to be known at the city's first true education
The forum will provide the mayoral candidates with an opportunity to answer questions from the community about their views on, and plans for, education and related issues in the city of Chicago. The forum will be presented as a panel discussion moderated by Andy Shaw. Candidates will have the opportunity to present opening and closing remarks and will be called upon by the moderator to answer specific questions throughout the discussion.
The Chicago Mayoral Forum on Education will take place at Walter Payton High School (1034 N. Wells) on December 15th. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are no longer available, but a live webcast will be available. To view that webcast, please go to www.ilraiseyourhand.org.
Raise Your Hand (RYH) is a growing coalition of parents and organizations that are collaborating to influence the public sector to enact changes that will result in appropriate, equitable and sustainable funding for public education. RYH works to create a long-term education funding framework that is not contingent on political party, election cycles or special interest agendas. Over 25,000 RYH participants, worked this year to galvanize the parent population in Chicago and sent over 160,000 messages on education funding issues to legislators and aldermen. Members include parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members who believe that fair and equitable funding is a core component in providing outstanding public education.
Northside Democracy for America is a group of committed volunteers dedicated to electing socially progressive, fiscally responsible, and ethically committed candidates to public office. Northside DFA endorses candidates in each election cycle and works hard to elect the candidates it endorses.
The Illinois Policy Institute is a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to supporting free market principles and liberty-based public policy initiatives for a better Illinois. As a leading voice for economic liberty and government accountability, we engage policy makers, opinion leaders, and citizens on the state and local level.