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By who cares, at 8:58 PM, September 29, 2006
you must be kidding!
By pmsawatcher, at 9:03 PM, September 29, 2006
Good Luck flowers. The ball is in your court . Keep up the good work and we will see you take this seat from the machine that has been neglecting our schools for 30 years.
By sd89 since 1972, at 9:45 PM, September 29, 2006
I met Charles at a Democratic event last week and I was impressed. I had just missed him at a north shore event but heard he did well. He seemingly has broad-based support and is certainly knowledgable about education.I only have one question: why did the Democrats neglect to field a candidate for all these years for such an important position? I hope that he will be successful. I expect to attend his fundraiser.
By Deborah Dumont, at 10:46 PM, September 29, 2006
Dr. Flowers will be a superb regional supt. I worked with him for several years at Proviso, and the one thing that people can't refute, is that Dr. Flowers is an extremely intelligent man. He is a gifted speaker, quick thinker, and is able to the handle the strenous position as regional supt. He is not an irrational or an emotional decision maker. I pray that Dr. Flowers wins this position and makes history with restructing the suburban Cook County schools. My take on why democrats never filled the postion, is because they were content with the staus-quo. "People may doubt what you say, but believe what you do" You got my vote and support Dr. Flowers!
By dispiritedunionmember, at 10:57 PM, September 29, 2006
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By Anonymous, at 11:00 PM, September 29, 2006
Great job you are doing Dr. Flowers, this is an opportunity for you to take a position that will have an direct impact on our children. We need people on board like you that care. Good luck and we wish you well!
By Making a difference, at 3:27 AM, September 30, 2006
By Anonymous, at 5:52 PM, September 30, 2006
This will not make any of my political friends and allies happy, but, I will vote and strongly support Charles FLowers BUT, one of your writers said why have the Democrats ignored this "important" position for so many years. This is just another example of voting for a position that should not even exist as its function are so minor and inconsequential to to the functioning of schools. The only worst position that we indirectly vote for is the Township School Trustee. The regional superindentent of schools sounds imposing but essentially it is just a very minor administrative office that does nothing more than rubber stamp what other educational agencies do cheaper and more professionally. This is, admittally anectodal, but once many years ago when a Democratic hack, Robert Martwick held the office, I and another Elmwood Park teacher criticized the office as a totally unnecessary office that provided a handful of easy patronage jobs. Wow, the office immediately sent two inspectors to Elmwood Park High School and, in what the office described as a routine review of Elmwood Park's own local records asked only, out of 70 teachers, to see our records. They did not find anything on me but my colleague was a history teacher who was teaching a course on the history of the theatre as an indirect way to train our theatrical students but she had degees in history not an English theatre major. Ouch they got her and crippled our theatre program. The office also renews your teacher credentials including those of us long retired who continue to be substitute teachers. They have really no authority over who can sub but they pick up a few dollars as every few years we subs have to renew our teaching credentials. They do NOT do anything of significance so I imagine most of the present officials doze most of the day and complete their paper shuffling in a few hours. Even though I do not think the Recorder of Deeds or the Clerk of the Circuit Court should be elected positions, at least they serve legitimate govenmental purposes. Again, while I will gladly vote for Charles Flowers, I am much more interested in his continued service on the Proviso 209 Board where one really effects the lives of our young people.
By email@example.com, at 11:26 PM, October 01, 2006
You got my vote.
By Good Luck!, at 1:47 PM, October 02, 2006
garywoll,When I met Charles he indicated that there were those who tried to eliminate this position but were unsuccessful. Does this mean that the Republicans find it useful and Democrats do not?Teacher certification sure sounds important to me. But, I am hopeful that Mr. Flowers will use this position to address educational issues the right way. God knows we need that.
By Deborah Dumont, at 7:07 PM, October 02, 2006
Deborah: Teacher certification is important but the Regional Superintendent of Instruction has ZERO/Nothing to do with actually checking on certification. The state mandates what the requirements are and local school districts basically only hire those who meet the legal requirements for certification. All this office and the ones in every county do is process paper work one more time that costs taxpayers an extra layer of government. There is no uprising because the amount of tax dollars is, percentage wise, relatively miniscule. As a Democrat in the Forest Claypool, Abner Mikva, Paul Simon wing of the party, I get tired of those in either party who see government as a source of patronage employment and/or patronage contracts. I would hope that Charles Flowers would be different but he will be besieged, directly and indirectly, just like the Republlicans to hire some incompetents who possess Democratic insider support. In closing, I have yet to meet a teacher who knew anything about the office (and over 90% do not even know the office exists) who didn't think it should be abolished and it's few functions taken over by higher and lower educational units of government.
By firstname.lastname@example.org, at 11:31 PM, October 03, 2006
I will support Dr. Flowers, becasue he will do the right thing, in making sure the Board of Education members in Proviso Township, stop wasting taxpayers money on dibbs for certain Mayors, and do what is best for our children.
By The truth, at 12:17 PM, October 04, 2006
I have believed for some time that Dr. Flowers is a real asset to the Proviso Township educational community and that the hits he has taken from detractors have been undeserved. He certainly has my support.
By Steven, at 10:53 AM, October 05, 2006
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