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Less than 1/3 of Evanston’s employees live in Evanston

Less than 1/3 of Evanston’s employees live in Evanston It seems like this kind of thing only happens with the good jobs. Only 12 out of its 110 Fire Department personnel live in Evanston. We wonder how much of this job outsourcing goes on in Skokie. How much village business and purchasing is directed...
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Schools that prohibit children from bringing their own lunch?

Some schools prohibit children from bringing their own lunches…. unless they have a medical excuse. They are required to eat the cafeteria food. Here are some articles about some schools that follow that policy and why it is so wrong. The real problem: “Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in...
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School District 65 Voters Unseat Board President – the times they are a changing

School District 65 Voters have unseated incumbent Keith Terry, board president, in the school trustee race. I guess Superintendent Murphy needed his 5 year contract. http://www.pioneerlocal.com/evanston/news/3142126,evanston-65election-040711-s1.article
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Trib Local Pulls Article on Skokie School Hoarding of Funds

Below is a google search listing indicating an article on excessing fund balances held by Skokie Schools. Skokie school districts top state list of fund balance ratings While several Skokie school districts appear toward the top in the state board’s list of fund balance ratios, Evanston’s two school districts fall much more The problem...
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School Consolidation – Increases Teacher Costs?

“when two districts consolidate in Illinois, teachers in the lower-paying district are allowed to switch to the higher pay offered by the other.” WHY? Who made that rule? Why not the other way around? There seems to be a need for state limits on the foolishness of local School Boards. How about a cap...
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3 Bills On School Consolidation – one from Evanston Senator Jeff Schoenberg

SB1234. sponsored by State Senator Jeff Schoenberg of Evanston. This is a BS Anti-consolidation bill requiring study instead of action. It delays any action by the General Assembly and governor until AFTER Jan. 1, 2013. HB1216. This one establishes a “School District Realignment and Consolidation Commission” to make recommendations on: (a) number of school...
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Self Interested School Superintendent Whining

Superintendents weigh in on proposed consolidation. They keep talking about two bogus issues: (a) Increased busing because of the decommissioning of school buildings. But that is a red herring. No one is talking about decommissioning schools, it is about decommissioning Superintendent jobs. (b) Loss of Parent Control. Parents have no control and most (all?)...
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Quinn Not backing down on forced school consolidation

“It’s just do we need so much of a layer of administration?” Quinn said. “I think I saw somewhere where there are 270-some school superintendents who make more money than the governor. I’m not so sure we need so many of them. Some of these school superintendents are supervising one school.” He said he...
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On School Redistricting “Why fix what’s not broken?” Board President Pat Groody

“Why fix what’s not broken?” District 128 School Board President Pat Groody Says. Not Broken for Whom? I guess it all depends on what your needs are and what your standards are. Maybe our school boards are broken and they need to be fixed. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development places the United...
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Joint Resolution Against School Consolidation

Both the Illinois Association of School Administrators as well as the Illinois Association of School Boards have joined in a joint resolution against Governor Quinn’s idea of greater statewide consolidation of school districts. I think they protest too much… and they provide a good compass as to what is best for our children. In...
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