Thank you’s – and other day-after reflections

It’s the day after the election, and the incumbent Slate picked up another win — not a real surprise, as we were clearly the underdogs, especially after the various events of the past several weeks.   The other challengers and I gave them a good run for the money, and, despite efforts to tar me as…

The District 214 Way

Yes, that’s a play on The Chicago Way and its reference to machine politics, so let me start by saying I am not accusing anyone of violating any laws.  I am not a lawyer; on the other hand, I am quite sure that District 214 can afford highly competent lawyers who ensure that they and…

More than Covid: my fundamental priorities for District 214

I’ve said from the start that what first got my attention was the board’s decision to close schools in August, but that this decision revealed larger issues and caused me to pay closer attention.   As the election draws nearer, I wanted to highlight once again, my two key concerns and objectives: First, transparency and oversight. …

Priorities, priorities: here are mine (and seven others’ lists)

On March 13, the League of Women Voters held its Candidate Forum for the D214 election.  Due to the number of candidates and the one hour length, each candidate had very little time to answer questions posed, but I want to revisit it nonetheless for the key question asked of each candidate:  what are your…

Three questions about our schools

which, I hope, reveal more about me and how I think. What’s the best band? Marching Band 1 is truly a top-ranked band.* They consistently bring home awards from contests, they perform at the best parades, they are recipient of endless accolades.  They are a source of great pride for the students participating in the…

The world’s worst civics lesson – a response to accusers

On October 23, 2020, I wrote a blog post titled “‘Best high schools’? Awards? Rankings? Think again.” the objective of which was to point to very serious deficiencies across the district in terms of how the district is educating its students, by pointing to the very significant numbers of students who were not performing at…

Now featured in the Chicago Tribune (times three)

The school reopening cause is getting noticed at the Chicago Tribune. Today’s John Kass column, “Teachers unions meet their match as parents say, ‘Open our schools’,” profiles activist parents, including both yours truly and Shannon Adcock of Naperville, whether they’re holding a rally on Saturday.  Just as I am (watch this space), Kass is suspicious…

Some straight talk about masks

Let me start by saying this:  I was sewing masks at a time when fabric was still available at Walmart.  Heck, I even was able to purchase some elastic, though it was not the right kind of elastic for making proper masks.  After the fabric aisle was cleared out, I solicited fabric through Nextdoor-dot-com and…

Asleep at the wheel: missing oversight on tracking and scheduling

Here’s an item from the life of a soon-to-be-9th grader at Rolling Meadows:  tracking is slated to be eliminated in biology.  Instead, students will select between traditional and “agricultural” biology, with the option in either case for an “earned honors” designation.  Here are some excerpts from the letter sent to parents: Selected tasks and assessments…