Mayor Rahm Emanuel has had a busy week opening runways, previewing the new CTA Red Line and preparing for the 2014 city budget speech that he will deliver next week.
But Friday turns the national spotlight onto Chicago's Mayor.
Emanuel, as one education blogger calls him, is the “mystery guest” for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Education Forum in Boston, along with guests like Condoleeza Rice.
The Chicago Teachers Union, according to a representative, finds it odd that the Chicago mayor would travel to a pro-charter school convention led by a potential GOP candidate for president.
However, the mayor’s press spokesman Sarah Hamilton notes “It's a national education event and he's planning to speak on what we are doing with principals and how they are critical to high quality schools. He will also talk about how we are developing choice within the district for parents and students.”
Pro-union groups certainly disagree with that word choice "high quality schools" because they see code for charter schools.
And as the mayor is not one to waste time, Friday afternoon he will also pay a visit while he’s in Boston at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
There he will participate in what’s being called a “moderated Q and A on politics.”