MAYOR'S TASK FORCE ON LITERACY
Testing data shows a 43% achievement gap in reading proficiency between students with disabilities and their non-disabled counterparts in the Chicago Public Schools. In November 2015, Mayor Emanuel launched a task force to examine its root causes and develop recommendations to begin narrowing that gap. Recommendations are being developed by literacy and community experts and City and school officials which will be provided to the Mayor and Chicago Public Schools by early summer 2016.
UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF MAYOR'S RESOLUTION
In June of 2016, Mayor Emanuel brought forth a resolution to the US conference of Mayors commemorating the 25th anniversary of the ADA and calling on all Mayor’s and Cities to push forward initiatives to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The resolution was circulated nationally and can be found at: http://usmayors.org/resolutions/83rd_Conference/displayresolution.asp?resid=83aReso031
ABOUT CITY OF CHICAGO, OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
Rahm Emanuel has served as the 55th mayor of the city of Chicago since 2011. During that time he has made the tough choices necessary to secure Chicago’s future as a global capital. The Mayor added more than 200 hours to the school day and year, taking Chicago from having the least educational time of any large school district in the country to being on par with its peers. He implemented full-day kindergarten for every Chicago child, and fought for and won new accountability measures to ensure every teacher and principal had the necessary resources to succeed. The Mayor’s comprehensive public safety strategy is focused on expanded prevention programs for at-risk youth, smarter policing strategies, and empowering parents and communities to reduce violence in their neighborhoods. He attracted numerous companies to Chicago and helped to build the next generation of start-ups, while investing in the infrastructure, public transportation, open space and cultural attractions that make Chicago a great place to live, work, and play. And he has worked to make our government more effective, to deliver better services at a more competitive price, and to open government to the public.