As the former Chairman of the Committee on Education and Child Development and the father of five children who attended public schools, Pat knows what it takes to improve the quality of our local schools. An advocate for public education, Pat fought for better teacher pay and cooperation between the teachers’ unions and the city. Pat actively lobbied in Springfield on behalf of the schools and helped write the law that created Local School Councils. He later served as the Chairman of his children’s school’s LSC for two terms.

Pat secured funding for renovations or expansions in every 40th Ward elementary school, Mather High School and Amundsen High School because he believes that no student should be forced to learn in an outdated, overcrowded classroom. In 2015, Jamieson received an addition that ensured every student learns in a classroom, not in trailers. Pat fought to bring Northside College Prep to the community, which was ranked by News and Report as the #2 high school in Illinois in 2018. Last year, every elementary school in the ward received a 1 or 1+ rating from CPS.

Pat supports full-day universal kindergarten to give every young student opportunity for academic success and believes that a longer school year and longer school day will keep Chicago students competitive as they enter college and the workforce. Pat supports education funding reform that keeps dollars in the classroom working for our students.

40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor