Nader Issa

Education reporter

Nader Issa covers education for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Much of the public still knows little if anything about this year’s Chicago school board elections. But behind the scenes, candidates and special interest groups are gearing up for this opportunity to shape the city’s education system.
The president appears to have gotten less support from Cook County voters than any incumbent Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter 44 years ago.
While the mayor and union appear in lockstep on their vision for the school system, the city likely won’t have the money for more staffing and resources in schools. So the CTU says it’s shifting its target from City Hall to Springfield.
A nationwide shortage of school bus drivers since the COVID-19 pandemic began has persisted. Chicago officials must, by law, prioritize special education and homeless students.
The ballot referendum was the talk of the town — at least among the small number of people who actually turned out to vote.
The push comes after similar efforts in Michigan and Minnesota shook President Biden’s reelection campaign, with more than 150,000 voters choosing to vote “uncommitted” over the president in those states’ primaries.
Top White House officials are facing the same push-back in Chicago as they did from Palestinian and Muslim leaders in Michigan. Their visit comes as early voting is already underway in Tuesday’s Illinois primary.
Illinois House OKs deal approved by the Senate that would put 10 of 21 school board seats up for election this November. Mayor Brandon Johnson will appoint the rest, including the board president.
Senate passage of the plan came after the mayor urged Illinois Senate President Don Harmon to support an election for 10 seats this year. The mayor will appoint the other 11 members.