I tend not to write about politics because coming from a split family, I know it is a battle not worth fighting. But, the more I ponder about our new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, choosing to send his kids to a private school, University of Chicago's Lab School in Hyde Park, I am mad.
My son is entering Kindergarten at a Chicago Public School in September. After years of research and planning, my husband and I bought a home in a neighborhood with a school that we hope will be an ideal place for our children to learn and grow. These schools still need a lot of help. My sister, a teacher, has provided me graphic details of the problems in some learning environments in Chicago. "If you want to improve the schools, upper and middle class families need to send their children to our city's schools," she added. Rahm should lead by example.
The majority of my friends and acquaintances were not as lucky as us. After applying to literally hundreds of schools, they are forced to move to the suburbs because they hadn't been accepted to any schools that could provide a quality education to their little ones. Don't we want these young families to stay in our city? Do we want to force them to the burbs?
I was hopeful at the prospect of our new mayor with young children to improve upon the Chicago Public School system.
How can he fight for our kids, if he won't send his own kids to Chicago Public Schools?