An excerpt and video from NBC-5.com’s “Ward Room”:
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a former teacher, likes to say that she’s still an educator, but one with a temp job. Preckwinkle on Wednesday donned both caps when she commented on a new report on high school dropouts as part of a policy forum at The Union League Club of Chicago, at 65 West Jackson Blvd.
“I took my experiences in the classroom with me when I was elected alderman in 1991,” she said.
Now that she’s County Board President, she has a whole other perspective. “Now … by biggest connection to our education system is through our criminal justice system,” she said before rattling off statistics about Cook County’s jail system.
Preckwinkle said the failures of the school systems are impacting tax payers in the form of incarceration fees for dropouts.