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Rahm Emanuel Facebook Town Hall: Education Questions Rolling In

Rahm Facebook Town Hall

First Posted: 01/23/2012 4:42 pm Updated: 01/23/2012 4:42 pm

Questions are rolling in for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who will participate in his second "town hall"-style online chat session Monday night.

For the mayor's second #AskChicago Facebook town hall, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m., Emanuel has chosen to center the conversation around education, one of the more heated issues his administration has been involved with since the mayor took office this summer.

"In our first live Facebook Town Hall and during the 2012 budgeting process, we saw Chicagoans come together in a conversation about issues facing residents across the city," Emanuel said in a statement. "This second Town Hall is part of my commitment to creating a more transparent and engaged government that not only listens to the voices of the people, but also responds."

As of Monday afternoon, more than 100 people on AskChicago.org wanted to know how the city is dealing with overcrowding in Chicago's high-performing schools.

"How do you propose to deal with the high performing neighborhood schools that are overcrowded, for example Abraham Lincoln Elementary? Does your plan inlcude both short and long term solutions? The goal should be to expand on the success of these schools," the author writes.

The mayor is also expected to address other popular questions about parental input when it comes to constructing a longer school day, the research behind certain education policies and controversial school closures and turnarounds.

Have a question? Chicagoans have been encouraged to submit them at AskChicago.org. The town hall will be streamed both on Facebook and via a LiveStream.com page. If you want to watch with a crowd, check out the list of remote viewing locations here.

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Filed by Jen Sabella  |