Wheaton College Students like Daley's Education Focus

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Byline: Marco Santana msantana@dailyherald.com

The schools that Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley spoke about at Wheaton College during a campus visit Thursday were more than just a talking point for Brandon Warren.

The 18-year-old Wheaton College freshman attended Urban Prep Charter Academy, a boys school on the city's South Side that Daley championed as a success story in Chicago education. Last year, the school reported that 101 of its 107 graduates headed to college, just a few years after officials shut down a school in the same neighborhood. The remaining students either joined the work force or the military.

Warren said he attended the speech, which early on was dominated by talk of the city's educational system, to get more of a sense of what Daley felt was important. "Education was a good thing for him to speak on," he said. "That's been really lacking (in Chicago)."

During his 45-minute speech, Daley touched on several aspects of public policy, including Chicago's international standing, his part in the creation of a mayors' consortium that brought suburban mayors together and, most prominently, education.

"(In the past) there was a lack of real understanding that education is the answer to all the social ills that we have," Daley said during the speech.

A full house packed Barrows Auditorium on the school's campus for the speech. …