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Emanuel May Not Send His Children to Chicago Public Schools if Elected

As the race for Chicago’s next mayor heats up, Rahm Emanuel has found himself in the middle of yet another controversy.

Tuesday, Emanuel said he would not commit to sending his three children to Chicago Public schools if he is elected, saying he needed to speak with his wife and children.

“I’m going to make that decision with Amy as a parent…I’m not saying what I’m going to do. But it’s a decision I’m going to make with my wife and my family. And that’s how I’ll make that decision. I think the people of the City of Chicago will appreciate that,” said Emanuel.

In response, opponent Gery Chico, who once served as President of the Chicago School Board, pointed to the fact that both he and his children are products of CPS.

Chico stated, “There is something to be said for leading by example and having a personal stake in the system you seek to reform. I would never tell a parent what decision to make for their own child, but personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking parents of more than 400, 000 public school students to do something I wouldn’t do myself.”

Fellow candidate and current City Clerk Miguel del Valle also expressed that he and his children are proud CPS graduates, and said,  “Whether attending parent-teacher conferences, working with local school councils as a legislator or just helping my kids with homework over the years, I’ve gained an important perspective on Chicago’s public education climate.”

However, State Sen. James T. Meeks said he wouldn’t fault Emanuel for not sending his children to public schools, but added, “There is something to be said for leading by example and having a personal stake in the system you seek to reform.”

Meeks’ children did not go through CPS, and Emanuel’s currently attend private school in Washington.