CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel was applauding Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for blasting her critics who labeled the district’s school closing plan “racist.”
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the mayor said Thursday he knows people will face difficulty as schools close, and they might feel some outrage. But he said they ought to be outraged that 56 percent of African American students still drop out of school.
The mayor said Byrd-Bennett is right to push for big changes by seeking to close 53 schools and 61 school buildings at the end of the school year.
“I stand behind her 100 percent,” Emanuel said, praising his schools chief for speaking “quite eloquently” about the volatile issue of school closings.