As Chicagoans prepare to elect their next mayor, parents across the city are asking how the candidates’ policies will affect the health and education of students attending Chicago Public Schools (CPS), particularly in light of the significant role that health disparities play in student learning.
Chicago has been a national model in responding to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for schools to play a key role in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, recently unveiling new school lunch menus and a range of health-promoting policies. The district has also implemented a comprehensive environmental action plan.
At this key juncture in the city’s work to prioritize student wellness, the next mayor’s policies regarding school health will have an important impact on children’s well-being and success at school.
To address these questions, HSC is convening a nonpartisan educational forum on Feb. 4 to meet the 2011 Chicago mayoral candidates and hear about their priorities for student health and wellness in Chicago Public Schools.
This mayoral election has drawn national attention; HSC's forum highlights the increasingly prominent role of school health and wellness in public policy dialogue at both the local and national levels.
• Gery Chico *
• Miguel del Valle *
• Rahm Emanuel
• Carol Moseley Braun *
• Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins *
• William "Dock" Walls *
Remarks from each of the candidates will be available online shortly after the forum.
If you are in the Chicago area and are interested in attending the forum, please click here for details.
(Please note that pre-registration is required. We encourage you to register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending the forum!)