The Vote Equity Project collected over 250 reform ideas submitted by Chicagoans.

 

Residents from every ward collectively cast 52,000 votes on their top priorities.

These were the top-voted reforms in education.

- Education -

1. Fully fund neighborhood public schools so that there is a librarian, a nurse and adequate social workers and counselors for every school.

2. Adopt a more equitable school funding formula that better accounts for differences in student and neighborhood needs and resources.

3. Divest from policing and surveillance in schools, invest in restorative justice programs, mental health and supportive services in schools.

4. Free, universal public childcare and early education for all families, regardless of income and immigration status.

5. Chicago Public Schools should prioritize and reinvest in neighborhood public high schools, particularly those serving LatinX and African-American communities.

 

1. fully fund neighborhood public schools

so that there is a librarian, a nurse, and adequate social workers and counselors for every school.

• Formalizing an elected school board • Expanding the Office of Equity • Changing the school funding formula • Changing the way school boundaries are drawn • Reviewing the Selective Enrollment system • Expanding restorative justice practices

amara enyia
YES

In the third question, I don't believe it is a binary choice. The rest of the questions I agreed with.

bob fioretti
YES

If elected mayor, reorganizing spending and prioritizing tax dollars towards education will be a priority. It is basic responsible governance. The only time the issue of educating our children, as a priority, becomes difficult in budget negotiations, is when a city seeks to...(Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES

My education policy calls for nurses, social workers and librarians in every school, an institutional framework to address inequity, including inequitable funding of schools in communities of color, and early education zones for ages 0-4.

lori lightfoot
YES

I'm proud to have worked tirelessly for the last two years to help pass a school funding reform bill to create a more equitable funding formula. I have set a goal as Mayor of cutting CPS's immoral achievement gap by half in eight years.

susana mendoza
YES

We must secure a long-term funding source in order to make meaningful investments in public education. Strong public schools in every neighborhood will increase opportunity for every child and provide greater equity between communities.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read my full education plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#schools. We will also invest in getting adequate mental health/social worker services in every school w/my school public safety plan.

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

2. adopt a more equitable school funding formula

that better accounts for differences in student and neighborhood needs and resources.

• Formalizing an elected school board • Expanding the Office of Equity • Changing the school funding formula • Changing the way school boundaries are drawn • Reviewing the Selective Enrollment system • Expanding restorative justice practices

amara enyia
YES

In the third question, I don't believe it is a binary choice. The rest of the questions I agreed with.

bob fioretti
YES

If elected mayor, reorganizing spending and prioritizing tax dollars towards education will be a priority. It is basic responsible governance. The only time the issue of educating our children, as a priority, becomes difficult in budget negotiations, is when a city seeks to...(Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES

My education policy calls for nurses, social workers and librarians in every school, an institutional framework to address inequity, including inequitable funding of schools in communities of color, and early education zones for ages 0-4.

lori lightfoot
YES

I'm proud to have worked tirelessly for the last two years to help pass a school funding reform bill to create a more equitable funding formula. I have set a goal as Mayor of cutting CPS's immoral achievement gap by half in eight years.

susana mendoza
YES

We must secure a long-term funding source in order to make meaningful investments in public education. Strong public schools in every neighborhood will increase opportunity for every child and provide greater equity between communities.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read my full education plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#schools. We will also invest in getting adequate mental health/social worker services in every school w/my school public safety plan.

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

3. divest from policing and surveillance in schools, 

invest in restorative justice programs, mental health, and supportive services in schools.

• Formalizing an elected school board • Expanding the Office of Equity • Changing the school funding formula • Changing the way school boundaries are drawn • Reviewing the Selective Enrollment system • Expanding restorative justice practices

amara enyia
YES

In the third question, I don't believe it is a binary choice. The rest of the questions I agreed with.

bob fioretti
NO

If elected mayor, reorganizing spending and prioritizing tax dollars towards education will be a priority. It is basic responsible governance. The only time the issue of educating our children, as a priority, becomes difficult in budget negotiations, is when a city seeks to...(Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES

My education policy calls for nurses, social workers and librarians in every school, an institutional framework to address inequity, including inequitable funding of schools in communities of color, and early education zones for ages 0-4.

lori lightfoot
YES

I'm proud to have worked tirelessly for the last two years to help pass a school funding reform bill to create a more equitable funding formula. I have set a goal as Mayor of cutting CPS's immoral achievement gap by half in eight years.

susana mendoza
YES

We must secure a long-term funding source in order to make meaningful investments in public education. Strong public schools in every neighborhood will increase opportunity for every child and provide greater equity between communities.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read my full education plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#schools. We will also invest in getting adequate mental health/social worker services in every school w/my school public safety plan.

paul vallas
no response

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

4. Free universal public childcare and early education

 

for all families, regardless of income or immigration.

• Formalizing an elected school board • Expanding the Office of Equity • Changing the school funding formula • Changing the way school boundaries are drawn • Reviewing the Selective Enrollment system • Expanding restorative justice practices

amara enyia
YES

In the third question, I don't believe it is a binary choice. The rest of the questions I agreed with.

bob fioretti
yes

I am not in favor of universal childcare regardless of income level. Those with the capacity to pay, should. I am certainly in favor of more generous income guidelines for universal childcare and early education, which would open up opportunities to all families.

lashawn ford
NO

My education policy calls for nurses, social workers and librarians in every school, an institutional framework to address inequity, including inequitable funding of schools in communities of color, and early education zones for ages 0-4.

lori lightfoot
YES

I'm proud to have worked tirelessly for the last two years to help pass a school funding reform bill to create a more equitable funding formula. I have set a goal as Mayor of cutting CPS's immoral achievement gap by half in eight years.

susana mendoza
YES

We must secure a long-term funding source in order to make meaningful investments in public education. Strong public schools in every neighborhood will increase opportunity for every child and provide greater equity between communities.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read my full education plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#schools. We will also invest in getting adequate mental health/social worker services in every school w/my school public safety plan.

paul vallas
yes

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

5. chicago public schools should prioritize and reinvest in neighborhood public high schools 

particularly those serving latinx and african-american communities

• Formalizing an elected school board • Expanding the Office of Equity • Changing the school funding formula • Changing the way school boundaries are drawn • Reviewing the Selective Enrollment system • Expanding restorative justice practices

amara enyia
YES

In the third question, I don't believe it is a binary choice. The rest of the questions I agreed with.

bob fioretti
yes

If elected mayor, reorganizing spending and prioritizing tax dollars towards education will be a priority. It is basic responsible governance. The only time the issue of educating our children, as a priority, becomes difficult in budget negotiations, is when a city seeks to...(Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
yes

My education policy calls for nurses, social workers and librarians in every school, an institutional framework to address inequity, including inequitable funding of schools in communities of color, and early education zones for ages 0-4.

lori lightfoot
YES

I'm proud to have worked tirelessly for the last two years to help pass a school funding reform bill to create a more equitable funding formula. I have set a goal as Mayor of cutting CPS's immoral achievement gap by half in eight years.

susana mendoza
YES

We must secure a long-term funding source in order to make meaningful investments in public education. Strong public schools in every neighborhood will increase opportunity for every child and provide greater equity between communities.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read my full education plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#schools. We will also invest in getting adequate mental health/social worker services in every school w/my school public safety plan.

paul vallas
yes

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response

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