Tribune poll: Emanuel flunking on school leadership

A new Chicago Tribune poll suggests, voters feel Mayor Rahm Emanuel is failing Chicago’s public schools.

People were asked whether they approve of his handling of last year’s teachers’ strike and the closure and consolidation of dozens of schools. Overall, only 26% approve of Emanuel’s handling of education; 65% disapprove.

Broken down by race, the poll suggests that 38% of white voters approve of Emanuel’s performance; but only 14% of black voters approve.

Parents of public school kids gave Emanuel just a 19% approval rating.

And in what may be a key indicator of Emanuel’s re-election prospects, 62% of people side with the Chicago Teachers Union — only 23% support the mayor — in the debate over how to improve Chicago’s schools.

That is especially important, since CTA president Karen Lewis is considering a run for mayor, and some polls show her already leading Emanuel.

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