CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said a recent poll showing most voters are unhappy with how Mayor Rahm Emanuel is handling the Chicago Public Schools reveals “pushback for … failed policies” such as the controversial closing of nearly 50 schools.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Lewis, who is considering a run for mayor, said it’s not a tough call to close 50 schools in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, as the mayor and Chicago Board of Education did last year.READ MORE: Gov. Pritzker Activates National Guard To Assist Chicago Police Ahead Of Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict
She said the closings affect people with little political power, and the public sees it.
“We’re looking at parents who are saying, ‘We remained silent during these 50 school closings, because you said you were going to rearrange resources to address some of our needs, and those needs are not only not being met, our budgets are being slashed.’ So we are seeing pushback for these failed policies,” she said.