Parenting: How Emanuel Outburst Differs From Cristie's
Folks remain deeply divided over Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to send his kids to private school and the outburst that occurred when asked about the decision. Some tidbits: Emanuel refused to apologize to the reporter afterward. Lab School is unionized, unlike most other private schools in the nation. Other local and national leaders (Daley, Cristie, et al) have gotten something of a pass for sending their kids to parochial schools. (By that token, Emanuel should have sent his kids to St. Ignatius, the top Catholic school in the city, even though he and his family are Jewish. There is no elite Jewish high school in Chicago.) A roundup below. AP photo via WBEZ
School Choice Rahm style ChicagoMag: Rahm’s outburst Wednesday at WMAQ political reporter Mary Ann Ahern seemed more high-pitched, uglier and personal. The rookie mayor didn’t have the religious justification to fall back on.
Rahm's kids to Lab Reader: There was a rumor the oldest Emanuel child, Zach, would enter Walter Payton as a freshman in the fall. But Lab makes sense. Everyone goes to the same K-12 school, making life easier on the police detail, and the mayor ducks the no-win choice between Latin and Parker on the north side. There are too many big campaign donors at each school to risk offending half of them.
When Rahm's Temper Made a Comeback NBC: "You are wrong and a bully," Emanuel fired back. "I care deeply for my family. I don't care about you." With that, he hung up the phone.
Where the political and personal spheres of public figures overlap WBEZ: Are there times when it's appropriate to probe the personal lives of the political? If so, where is the line drawn? Mary Ann Ahern joined Eight Forty-Eight with her take.
Emanuel ticks off education leaders by sending children to private schoolBoston Herald: Lewis also drew a comparison between Emanuel and thousands of families who cannot afford to send their children anywhere but the city’s struggling public schools. "It’s wonderful that he has that option available to him," she said.
Emanuel MIA after Dissing Chicago Schools Examiner: Some argue, and City Colleges of Chicago spokesmen have confirmed, that Chicago's public schools have simply lowered the standards for graduation.
Rahm Emanuel Defends Choice of Private School for KidsNewsMax.com: Emanuel's choice has brought on criticism that city leaders who send their children to private schools have no personal stake in Chicago's public schools, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.