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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

ED, Davis/Yarbrough meeting covered in newspapers

Proviso Probe already covered the Davis/Yarbrough education meeting held on Tuesday, November 29, and a number of you made comments.

Here's what Forest Park Review wrote in an editorial:
But what’s true of Forest Park District 91 is not true everywhere, and the good guys in public education cannot afford to cover up for the corruption and mismanagement that drags the system down in so many local schools....

Still, it was rather discouraging, and seemed a bit arrogant, that three hours intended for a public discussion by school administrators on what they need to do to improve public education ended up being thrown back in parents’ faces as a harangue on what they’re doing wrong.


Forest Park Review (Seth Stern) and Pioneer Press (John Huston) also had news coverage of the meeting.

FPR quoted Bob Libka:
Libka’s criticism of No Child Left Behind was minimal compared to other administrators, but he did note that the tests by which the act measures each school district "doesn’t measure progress, but measures a student’s level at a certain point in time."

I've already criticized this excuse. The evidence shows District 209 isn't making significant progress in educating its students; the problem isn't merely receiving students arriving at a low level. But the excuse allows Libka and the rest of the D209 leadership to say something to evade responsibility for poor results.

Pioneer Press quoted Jerry Jordan:
Jerry Jordan, superintendent of Lindop District 92, also spoke out about funding, but from a different angle: Tax caps.

He said the taxing restraints, which prohibit school districts from increasing taxes higher than either the consumer-price index or 5 percent, whichever is lower, are too strict and will eventually result in nearly every district going broke, Jordan said.

I'm going to be writing more about the economics of local government later.

While we're thinking about education as a policy issue, Capitol Fax Blog has had a debate on teacher tenure. It started with "The Hidden Cost of Tenure" with The other side of tenure being the response.

I suspect a major challenge for public schools is what to do with "burned out" teachers. Everybody knows they are there, but what do you do about them?

7 Comments:

  • There's a news District 209 mailing out.

    Guess whose name appears in it the most often.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:16 PM, December 07, 2005  

  • I could not believe how arrogant Welch is. I mean I have heard things about him, but never realized that he is so very egotiscal. He needs to understand it is about the children and not that his names appears everywhere. Also, his name appears at basketball games and there was a big banner with his name on it at the homecoming game at EAST. Are the tax payers paying for this extremely large banner that he uses as advertisement? I have seen this blue and white banner at several of the childrens games and it is a disgrace. Carl ask Libka who is paying for this large banner. Does anyone else see the problem with Welch having that large banner at games?

    By Blogger District209Parent, at 4:56 PM, December 07, 2005  

  • I deleted a comment.

    No speculating on sexual orientation unless it's relevant to something larger.

    No playing doctor or pharmacist online. Do speculate on the meds someone's psychiatrist has them on.

    There are plenty of issues to discuss.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:41 PM, December 08, 2005  

  • The only racist we know of is Welch's godmother, "the principal" I will cry and make a scene Wallace. As for our organization discriminating against the gay and African American community that is nonsense, because we ONLY HATE CHRIS. Welch becomes African American when it benefits him. He was not an African American when he was stealing from Black and Latino children and giving it to his white buddies and one black buddy, Moore. He was not for African Americans when he was President of his class in high school. Also, why is that on his political flyers? Who cares about his high school days. Welch is a 40 year old balding man. When has Welch done anything for education in 209? What has he done to that show proven leadership. For heaven sakes he has only been a "highly paid" board member. Oh, he was appointed to the "mosquito crew" and "token black man Hillside committee". He knows only three words, fire, hire, and contract. He is not a proven leader. He is a proven Disappointment to his community. His short term reign is up.
    Where did Welch get 4,000 supporters? There are not that many security gaurds and janitors in district 209. Do you mean he got 4,000 signatures? So what Welch, Yarbrough has 5,500 signatures. Can you beat that one Welch? All your Everybody loves Chris rhetoric was copied and manipulated. Become original and run a clean race. Please stop being a hypocrite and using God's name. Welch only attends church during his election times. We see you WELCH! Call us bullies, we are bullies to insure our children have the best education. Welch is a coward and a liar.
    Also, stop with the lies, we never stated we would support a Republican, but we would support anyone that runs against a proven DISAPPOINTMENT. EVERYBODY STILL HATES CHRIS!

    Also, Welch is Madigan, Davis, and Pasquele supporting you? Yarbough has Bellwood in the bag, people do what Pasquele tell them to do in Bellwood. I guess your temper tantrum messed your relationship up with Pasquele. What about the big shots you thought you were in with in Springfield? Do they even know your name? Chris Who? Have they returned your calls? Is Madigan sending Yarbrough a gang of people to help her win state rep?

    The question was asked by the governor, "Who Hates Chris?" The state reps. and senators looked strangely at one another and said, "Who and the hell is Chris?" Then they thought and said, "Oh, EVERYBODY IN PROVISO HATES CHRIS. HE DOES NOT HAVE A CHANCE IN HELL TO WIN!"

    JOIN THE ORIGINAL “EVERYBODY LOVES CHRIS NATIONAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION”! Membership is yours for an dishonest handshake, a frown and a lie and a job offer!
    OR
    The EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION WANTS TO CLEAN UP PROVISO AND IT MUST START WITH CHRIS! HE IS THE POISON THAT HAS INFECTED DISTRICT 209 WITH A LIFE THREATENING DISEASE! The corruption, nepotism, and cronism must end! WE CAN END IT WITH NOT VOTING FOR CHRIS ON MARCH 21.

    By Blogger Everybody-Hates-Chris, at 12:33 AM, December 09, 2005  

  • I delete comments posted under "anonymous".

    If you know who owns Mariella's Banquet Hall why not just say it? Why not just explain the significance?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:19 AM, December 09, 2005  

  • Back to the District 209 propaganda.

    What's wrong with these headlines?

    "Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Offers Open Houses to Public"

    "District 209 and Teachers Union Sign New Four-year Contract Agreement"

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:32 AM, December 09, 2005  

  • I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO SUPPROT WELCH! I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO DO IT! BUT I HAVE A FAMILY AND A MORTGAGE! I REALLY HATE HIM, BUT I DON'T WANT TO LOSE MY $15 Hour JOB!
    Welch disrespects women and he is not a proven leader. He is riding on the coat tail of Moore. He is not an honest person. He promises people jobs so he can build an empire out of District 209 employess. His type of politics is based on revenge, retaliation, dishonesty, corruption, nepotism, cronism, and smear tactics. He does not know how to run a clean campaign, because he is such a dirty man. He has foot soldiers that spies on employees. He is a very scary evil man. He has done in it every campaign. I hope the people will see him for who he truly is.

    11:08 AM

    By Blogger Everybody-Loves-Chris, at 11:09 AM, December 11, 2005  

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