FRAN SPIELMAN, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES | LINK TO ARTICLE
Mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that the city should sell advertising on city vehicle stickers and garbage trucks and at farmer’s markets and other public venues to raise $25 million for after-school programs for at-risk kids.
Emanuel said he would run the after-school program five days a week for the school year, for at least two and a half hours a day.
Like current mayoral first lady Maggie Daley’s After School Matters program, it would offer a mix of academics, arts and athletics.
It would be staffed by a mix of teachers and community-based support staff. Parents who adhere to a parent-teacher contract would get priority spots for their kids.
Emanuel pegged the cost of the program at $95 million a year, with $25 million of the cost to come from the new advertising.
The proposal to put ads on the flip side of city stickers follows a similar by state Rep. Susana Mendoza*, who is running for city clerk.
The system-wide after-school program would begin at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
Announcing his after-school plans at a news conference on the West Side at the Better Boys Foundation, Emanuel noted that nearly half of Chicago’s 435 murder victims last year were between 10 and 25 years old.
* Read the January 4 press statement, regarding this topic, from Rep Susana Mendoza about Rahm Emaunel's plan.
* Click here to view all the articles about the Rep. Susana Mendoza proposal for ads on city stickers.
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