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#ChiMayor19—Episode 4: Ending Austerity For Chicago Public Schools

Listen to the episode of “#ChiMayor19” with journalist Aaron Cynic by clicking the below player:

In conjunction with reporting from journalist Aaron Cynic on the Chicago mayoral election, Shadowproof is producing a limited podcast series, “#ChiMayor19,” featuring Aaron.

A new episode will be posted after each of Aaron’s reports on issues, which grassroots groups believe candidates for mayor must address if they are elected.

The fourth episode in the series is on the resentment toward Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education policies that led Chicago to send two candidates to a runoff election who have repudiated Emanuel’s agenda to various degree during their campaigns. It ties in to Aaron’s report published on February 28.

During the conversation with Aaron, he recounts how Emanuel shut down 50-plus schools in black and brown neighborhoods and the resentment that created in communities. He highlights the Chicago teachers strike and other education justice activism that occurred.

Later, Aaron addresses the trauma that residents feel when their schools are closed and notes part of the fight for education justice will involve a push for an elected school board in Chicago.

Here is a link to the file for the third episode. It can be directly downloaded to your computer or phone for listening by right-clicking the player.

If you appreciate Aaron’s journalism, please donate to help us fund his reporting on the Chicago mayoral election.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."