On Lori Lightfoot's first day on the job as Chicago's mayor, she told a rousing crowd of thousands at an arena south of the Loop that she will work to "put equity first in education." Schools were one of four pillars she said she'd prioritize, along with developing an anti-violence strategy and rebuilding fiscal stability and government integrity. Read her full remarks about education here.
Lightfoot heads into office equipped with a robust list of recommendations on how to fix schools from her transition team. You can find the group's full report here.
Later Monday, Lightfoot invited Chicago residents into City Hall for a meet-and-greet. Security guards let up 10 visitors at a time — many of whom had Chicago Public Schools on their minds, specifically the district’s infrastructure, the safety of its students, and how well it prepares its graduates for college. Find Chalkbeat's dispatch from the historic afternoon.