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What The Chicago Mayor’s Race Says About The Future Of Education Politics

Chicago’s upcoming mayoral election could put tensions in the Democratic Party over teachers’ unions front and center. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is considering a challenge to Rahm Emanuel — a face-off between two brash Chicagoans who have clashed repeatedly over education policy in Chicago.

Lewis, who led Chicago teachers on a seven-day strike in 2012, has lent $40,000 of her own money to her campaign. The American Federation of Teachers has pledged to spend up to $1 million to get her elected. She hasn’t formally declared her candidacy yet, and even so, the latest Chicago Tribune poll found she led Emanuel, 43 percent to 39 percent.