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Proviso Probe

Friday, August 25, 2006

ED, out-of-district students [FP]

Forest Park Review (Bob Skolnik):
In a recent community meeting about crime, Mayor Anthony Calderone and Village Administrator Michael Sturino agreed with residents who complained that kids who did not live in Forest Park were attending Forest Park public schools.

Sturino complained that some other districts do a better job with residency issues. District 91 Superintendent Randolph Tinder did not take too kindly to those remarks and strongly defends the district's work on the issue.

Tinder goes on to defend District 91. Tinder does investigate allegations, but 2/3 of the allegations are incorrect.

An important policy issue is overlooked in the article. The state reimburses school districts based on the number of students enrolled in April and May.

So, booting non-residents costs the school district money. If a district boots a bunch of students then maybe it can cut a teacher next year. But to cut one third-grade teacher next year may require booting ten second-grade students this year.

Unless non-resident students are a major problem, it’s unlikely the district can save money by expelling non-residents. Investing resources in detecting non-resident students has to be seen as a cost-benefit problem.


  • I believe non-resident students are part of the problem. Wasn't the kid brandishing a 2x4 on Circle and Fillmore's mom driving a car with a Chicago vehicle tag? When there are maurauding gangs of middle school kids chasing another kid on the last day of school, it should be their last day in FP.

    By Anonymous forest park citizen, at 8:39 PM, August 27, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:18 PM, September 03, 2006  

  • Mr. Nyeburg are you kidding? Is this all about money? The problem is getting worse each year. 2 kids in the 60's 8 kids in the 70's 15 kids in the 80's 20 in the 90's it just keeps going up because we allow it. But I can see you only care about the money. Why dont you just put adds in all the papers, we dont check residency, all kids welcome in forest park schools dont worry the taxpayers dont mind. Tisk Tisk Mr. Nyeburg.

    By Blogger justtryingtolivehere, at 10:57 PM, September 04, 2006  

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