Emanuel Visits Brownell Elementary, Discuss Future Of Full Day Pre-K

Andy Dahn
September 05, 2018 - 11:36 am

WBBM Newsradio/Andy Dahn

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- While he won't be seeking re-election, Mayor Emanuel spent Wednesday morning touting his latest educational achievement and discussing its future.

Less than 24 hours after the bombshell announcement, Mayor Emanuel made his way through a storm of cameras and students inside Brownell Elementary before stopping in one of school's new full-day, pre-k classrooms.

"The full-day pre-k gives parents the ability to be both good parents and good employees," Emanuel said.

While he deflected questions about Chicago's next mayor, he did address the program's future with a sense of optimism.

"I know something about politics," Emanuel told reporters outside the school. "There will be political pressure. Parents now have full-day pre-k, they're not going to let you turn back and say 'some kids get it, some kids don't.' It's only good if it's universal."

Emanuel said the program has the support of leaders in Springfield and City Hall, and referred to J.B. Pritzker as "Illinois' next governor" and "a big supporter of early childhood education."

"The responsibility of being an elected official is speaking up for the people that don't have a voice. We've done that with full-day pre-k," Emanuel said.