Help needed: yard signs

Yes, it’s time for yard signs, and I have two kinds to choose from: First, I have signs available which were produced by the PAC/parent group which is supporting the four challenger candidates, “Parents for Kids.” Second, I will have yard signs to promote my own candidacy available in about a week’s time.  These are…

Independence? Oversight? With the current board, nowhere to be found

In 2017, the Daily Herald made its endorsements in the school board race on March 14 (for residents of Arlington Heights, viewable via the library’s online databases).  Here’s what they said: This is a remarkable group of knowledgeable, engaged candidates, all of whom are intimately familiar not just with individual schools but with the district…

Listening to parents: what worries you?

It’s easy to get caught up in the school re-opening battle, and to forget that there are other issues in the school district, so I asked parents, via Facebook, about what their other concerns are.  Some of them responded that they had been entirely satisfied with their District 214 experience up until they closed schools, or,…

New evidence and recommendations for school openings: follow the science!

Teachers in the Chicago Public Schools have voted to refuse to teach in buildings, the functional equivalent of a strike, and their supporters claim their actions are entirely reasonable because those teachers fear for their lives.  At the same time, growing numbers of studies point to the overall safety of school reopening, giving communities reassurance…

Semester 1 Grades Update: Who’s right, who’s wrong on the numbers?

Last night, at the January board of education meeting, a district staff member, Dr. Lopez, gave a presentation on “teaching and learning.”  To address the question of how students are faring in the remote learning environment, he presented a chart showing very modest drop-offs in course pass rates, namely, the following (obtained via a Freedom…

News from Springfield, silence from D214 on a stealthy and damaging education bill

In the news today, “House, Senate pass first leg of Black Caucus legislation.”  That’s the headline at the State Journal-Register, and it sounds innocuous enough: The 21-page bill focuses on improving the education of minority students, including creating new programs to support early childhood education, creating a task force to support equitable environments in Illinois…

Waitlists for in-person education? That’s unconscionable.

Waitlists? Yes, some students wishing to attend district 214 schools in person are being told they are being placed on waitlists. How and why?  Let’s start at the beginning. On September 24, Superintendent Schuler sent out an e-mail to families notifying them of a planned return-to-school on October 15th. In the intervening weeks, parents received…