Emanuel: 'Walking the walk' with job for students
Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks to reporters on Friday. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / June 9, 2012)
Four students from Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School will share one clerical position in the mayor's office starting next fall, with each working five days per month, according to school spokeswoman Mary Beth Sammons.
A corporate foundation will cover the cost of the students' salaries, which will go to the school for tuition costs, Sammons said.
Speaking at the commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon at the school at 5088 W. Jackson Blvd. in the Austin neighborhood -- where all 50 members of the school's first senior class graduated and have been accepted to college -- Emanuel said he sees the city's participation in the corporate work-study program as a way to support Christ the King's successful formula.
"I don't want to just talk the talk, I want to start walking the walk in City Hall," Emanuel said. "I want to put City Hall where our values belong, right here with our kids."
The mayor's decision to get involved with the Catholic school's work program comes against a backdrop of tension between Emanuel's office and the teachers union at Chicago Public Schools.
The Chicago Teachers Union called for a strike authorization vote earlier this week, and talks on a new contract for teachers continue as the mayor pushes for a longer school day.