A voter guide for people who care about Chicago schools

Already the Chicago mayor’s race has had plenty of twists and turns, and there’s still four weeks to go. Over here at Chalkbeat Chicago, we’ve been documenting education agendas and stances on issues — but we wanted to go a step further. So we built a voter guide to dig deeper on the candidates’ views on six critical public education policy questions. We’re proud to share the results with you.

You’ll notice that a few campaigns (Gery Chico, Amara Enyia) didn’t respond. We’ve been following up, and we’ll update with position statements as they come through.

Check out the Chalkbeat Chicago voter guide.



The week in review

An unprecedented data set: Two comprehensive reports — one external, one internal — shared with the school board this week detail the broad scope of sexual misconduct reports from students. Since a new awareness campaign launched in September, more than 900 sexual misconduct complaints have been logged. Chalkbeat has more.

The call for smaller class sizes: It’s getting louder. A new report from Parents 4 Teachers said that 13 Chicago elementary classrooms have more than 40 children, despite guidelines to the contrary. Chalkbeat examines their argument.

Planning ahead: Chicago schools released the 2019-2020 calendar this week. School starts back in the fall on Sept. 3. Chalkbeat posted a version for easy viewing and printing.

Dialing back the dress code: The city’s largest charter network, Noble Schools, has eased up on its stringent dress code, one of several changes it previewed this week that are forthcoming under its new CEO. Chalkbeat looks at the changes. 

Pushing back on residency requirements: Should Chicago teachers be required to live in the city? One argues that the policy is dated in this Sun-Times op-ed. 

Looking ahead

A second Chicago strike: CICS teachers at four teacher say they will strike on Feb. 5 if bargaining doesn’t progress. 

Early voting starts Monday! In addition to our aforementioned voter guide, we’re proud to be part of the Chi.Vote collective, joining the Better Government Association, Block Club Chicago, The Tribe, Chicago Reporter, the Daily Line, and others in creating a one-stop voter education site for Chicagoans. The site has a helpful FAQ, links to all those forums, and a quiz to test your political know-how. Starting next week, you’ll see even more content, including ours, to help you make your decisions.


Leaning in to the election theme, campaign season is an opportunity to spur civic action units, which are happening at many Chicago schools. Caught on Twitter this week: A class at George Washington High School on the Southeast side practicing voter public service announcements.