The Chicago Teachers Union, parents, and other critics on Thursday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of misleading the public when he trumpets his achievements in early childhood education.
The criticisms came as Emanuel was confronted by the controversial and polarizing decision his administration backed to close dozens of schools across the city.
Emanuel’s campaign ads have hailed the expansion of Pre-K education to 2,600 children, saying he’s fighting for Pre-K classes for every 4-year-old in the city.
However, CTU staff coordinator Jackson Potter said the results of the Pre-K expansion have been quite the opposite.
“Over 1,600 students declined an enrollment in Pre-K programs during this mayor’s administration. That’s unacceptable to make the claim that he’s expanded access, when people are having a harder time accessing those programs,” he said.