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Proviso Probe

Thursday, November 09, 2006

OPEN, Proviso Township High Schools stuff [D209]

Since some people were posting comments on District 209 stuff, here's an open thread to discuss anything pertaining to District 209.

46 Comments:

  • WELCH SCHOOL BOARD RACE = $72,000

    WELCH STATE REP. RACE =$267,000

    FLOWERS COUNTYWIDE VICTORY WITH NO SIGNS OR MAILERS $0 (PRICELESS)

    By Anonymous FLOWERS SUPPORTER, at 12:55 AM, November 10, 2006  

  • Chris Welch what a loser

    By Anonymous We want Chris out, at 1:36 AM, November 10, 2006  

  • Why do you think Chris Welcher is such a loser?

    By Blogger Guy Barry, at 8:21 AM, November 10, 2006  

  • The Proviso Outsider has learned from numerous sources close to the president of the school board that Chris "the Proviso Insider" Welch is disturbingly obsessed with Theresa Kelly. Several board members, staff, administrators and teachers have cited the maniacal postings on the Proviso Insider as an eerily disturbing picture inside the mind of an obsessed mad man.

    The Outsider has also learned through various medical sources that Chris "The Proviso Insider" Welch is violently unstable and poses a physical threat to Theresa Kelly. Many in the know have stated that Theresa Kelly should report Welch to the proper authorities and should request an immediate restraining order.

    It's so sad...one would think that a 37 year old man could find inner peace within himself instead of being jealous of the accomplishments of another individual. It's especially disturbing to see this type of obsessive behavior aimed at a senior citizen.

    What do you think, has Chris "The Proviso Insider" Welch officially lost his mind? What does Welch expect to gain from physically attacking a senior citizen? Based on his maniacal postings and apparent stalking, should Theresa Kelly put out a restraining order on Chris "The Proviso Insider" Welch? Is this the type of behavior attributed to a normal 37 year old man?

    By Anonymous Proviso Outsider, at 9:43 AM, November 10, 2006  

  • What a election. Dr.Flowers will do just fine.he now can keep Chris Welch in line with his bull shit.now is time to take care of the kids at all of our scholl's. and hire the right people to work there also.The power is in the right court now. Now the glove's come off.The fight is over and,DR. Flower you have WON.............To bad Chris Welch,and Gangester,Gene Moore.No more ulgy election days.with your BULL SHIT style politics.

    By Anonymous The Hammer, at 10:06 AM, November 10, 2006  

  • This is sick screams!

    I heard there were deragotory comments on the Insider about the funeral but I had to see for myself.Sad that the Insider is allowing this garbage after two Proviso students died. Some people fail to see the messages God is sending Proviso. To the Insider and the writer of the mean ignorant comments, I pray for your souls because you have gained nothing from the funeral service. I pray that God does not have vegenance on you during this time of sorrow. You people are sick and need help from Jesus.

    Out of all the wonderful things that happened at the funeral why were people concerned with who was in a police car? So what! Why was Welch and Henry sitting on the stage when there were kids there with no seats! Why was Welch so eager to have his name said during the service? Why did Sue Henry get the opportunity to speak; she did not know the students or their families? Why were they given special attention as board members? Petty isn't it? Well the Insider's focus has been on pettiness! Who cares where someone sat and what car they came in! Two young girls died! This is an obsessive compulsive behavior from the Insider and Welch. If Welch or his friends are behind the comments it just illustrates the insensitive and ficious character of Welch and his supporters.

    When I see Welch I sure will let him know that his ignorance and evilness is the very reason people don't support him and never will. He has the reputation of being a vicious snake and it fits him well. Politics does not have to be cruel especially at this time when there are young lives at stake.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:57 AM, November 10, 2006  

  • Jose Montoya? Didn't Nyberg allow deragotory comments on his site about Jose. Not one posting, but once that posting ran off the page, he started it over with another posting.

    By Anonymous Nyberg needs Jesus too, at 11:09 AM, November 10, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 11:28 AM, November 10, 2006  

  • Chris you are done! It is a wonder why someone has not kicked your ass!

    By Blogger Everybody-Hates-Chris, at 1:23 PM, November 10, 2006  

  • To: Everybody Hates Chris

    It's coming!

    By Anonymous Don't Worry..., at 1:45 PM, November 10, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 PM, November 10, 2006  

  • Proviso East student found murdered in a Maywood alley. What is going on in that town?

    By Anonymous Maywood = Gary, at 3:59 PM, November 10, 2006  

  • Does this mean that Dr. Flowers will soon be able to take over the office that Dan Coglianese is holding? Who hired that guy. He is another Republican that has been in the office for 30 years. My grandfather was a 89 custodian and he signed his checks. Dr. Flowers can we work on that office next?

    By Anonymous Get Them All Out of Office, at 6:26 PM, November 10, 2006  

  • chris Welch, what a bullshitter, Im glad he's done! Maybe now Proviso Township can move forward in peace, after he is gone.

    By Anonymous Chris Welch is done, at 7:17 PM, November 10, 2006  

  • Inside report states that earlier this morning at Lou Mitchell's breakfast place downtown at 9:00am the powers that be from City Hall and County Goverment and from the Illinios Republican Party had a sit down meeting where Karen Yarbrough,Tony Peraica,Charles Flowers,Chris Welch and Ron Serpico,along with Gene Moore attended.
    The meeting was to bury the hatchet between these two strong poltical rivals and to make sure every group and inidividual gets there piece and that a true peace and prosperity set up would be achieved.
    What could'nt a month a go ever be imagined actually happened thanks to John Daley,Obama,and Madigan, as well as McKenna and ex-gov, Thompson, Serpico saying he was sorry and apoligizing to Peraica, and tony accepting it, as well as Karen,Chris and Gene hugging and putting there past differences aside.Karen,Tony and Charles will support Chris for 209,Chris,Gene and Ron will support Tony for commissioner,Karen as state rep. and committeewomen,Gene will be endorsed by Karen for recorder, and Ron will be supported for re-election in Melrose by Tony,Karen,Charles,Gene and Chris.
    Proviso finally has peace and good will and once again will take its postion as the strongest township in the state!

    By Anonymous Peace in Proviso, at 9:57 PM, November 10, 2006  

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    By Anonymous you wasn't there either, at 10:44 PM, November 10, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 AM, November 11, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 PM, November 11, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 PM, November 11, 2006  

  • MAYOR SERPICO & his team of village departments make sure everything in Melrose park is for sale that includes building contracts. Look and see what is happening in 1700 N RIVERWOOD DRIVE, he has allowed RENZI CONSTRUCTION to tear down our only road to get to North AVE. THEY block our roads with construction truck starting at 6:30AM. HE allowed Renzi to dig around our building so close to our foundation that we should be experiencing problems very soon, No Notice was provided to the 120 ownerS of the Riverwood association. ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE THOUSAND OF $$$ THAT WE PAY IN TAXES. Mayor you do not represent Melrose Park maybe you should move to CIcero Ill.

    By Anonymous RIVERWOOD DRIVE CONDO, at 12:52 PM, November 12, 2006  

  • CArl are you that naive, to allow the "proviso insider" to say vicious things about you, but when we say stuff about them idiots, u erase them. Are you crazy?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:46 PM, November 12, 2006  

  • Ron Serpico is still fat, and a heavy eater.

    And Gene and Chris are still hiding on bareback mountian!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:10 PM, November 12, 2006  

  • Carl two wrongs don't make it right. You are showing the Insider that you more intelligent than he or she. But not only that you are not hiding behind some fake name. Keep doing what you are doing . The Insider is the biggest joke since Welch ran for state rep.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:04 AM, November 13, 2006  

  • Carl, there will be peace in Proviso Township when the voters and feds get rid of Ron Serpico, Eugene Moore, Chris Welch and Pasquale! They are politricks that supported republican candidates during the the November 7, 2006 election. I received a copy of the palm card distributed by Pasquale and Serpico on election day. I will definitely send you the palm cards to expose them.

    Chris and Eugene Moore accompanied Robert Ingraffia to a Democratic Spaghetti dinner in Thorton Township and assisted in passing out his campaign literature. After they were exposed, they left, running like common thieves and cowards. Aren't these the same people who attempted to accuse others of supporting republicans? It was reported that Eugene Moore unsuccessfully attempted to call Maywood residents asking them
    not to vote for Dr. Flowers. Shouldn't Eugene Moore, Chris Welch and Ron Serpico be tried of gettng their asses kicked by Dr. Flowers? He continues to make fools out of them!

    Mayor Pasquale snubbed Dr. Flowers on his sample ballot and included the republican candidate, Rodogno for state treasurer.

    Mayor Ron Serpico circulated a palm card that included the republican candidate Robert Ingraffia instead of the democratic candidate, Dr. Charles Flowers. How could Pasquele and Serpico disrespect the Proviso Committeeman Karen Yarbrough by circulating palm cards contrary to hers? The election was county and statewide. Therefore Pasquale and Serpico should have followed the lead of the Committeeman.

    Finally, the person(peace in Proviso...) is obviously a Chris Welch and Eugene Moore fan and liar. There was not a breakfast meeting at Lou Mitchell's, Friday, November 10th. and the only hatchet that has been buried is that Chris Welch, Eugene Moore, and Ron Serpico will be exiled from Proviso. Furthermore, I was at the campaign office on election night to witness the ass kicking Dr. Flowers delivered to Robert Ingraffia. Dr. Flowers stated that he would be leaving out of town Wednesday and returning Sunday, November 12th. How could he have attended at breakfast at Lou Mitchell's, Friday, November 10th. This is nothing more than the lying work of Chris Welch attempting to give the public the sick illusion that he and Eugene Moore will be spared during the April 2007 election. Here is a news flash peace in Proviso...the April 2007 election will be a referendum to smash Chris Welch and Eugene Moore and their puppet master's Pasquale and Serpico!!

    You are obviously suffering from the same syndrome that Chris Welch, Eugene Moore and Ron Serpico are notorious for, lying at all cost and attempting to fool the public to protect their cowardly actions!!

    Let's put these court jesters(Chris Welch & Eugene Moore) to rest in the upcoming election for school boards, April, 2007. Better yet, let's hope that the feds do Proviso a favor by slapping the silver on all three and send them where they belong...behind bars!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:09 AM, November 13, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 8:25 AM, November 13, 2006  

  • The Proviso Insider wrote on 11/11/06 that Dr. Fields is going to have “Coffee With the Communities” meetings and that “The first Coffee will be held in Broadview at the Broadview Village Hall (Council Chamber), 2350 S. 25th Avenue, Broadview, on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. The second Coffee will be held in Bellwood at the Bellwood Village Hall, 3200 Washington Blvd, on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 from 6:00pm-7:00pm.”

    As usual, Proviso District 209, operating at the pinnacle of good organizational and communication practices, gives us short notice as to what could prove to be very important opportunities for the community to grill the duplicitous and “not quite ready for prime time” Mr. Fields. In fact, if you look at its web site, the district “news” has not been updated since 8/1/06 and these “Coffee With the Communities” meetings are not on the calendar or announced in any way that I could find, although I didn’t scour the site.

    It will be interesting to see if Mr. Fields will have substantive information to share with the attendees and whether he will give substantive answers to a number of questions that Proviso District 209 constituents have on their minds. Or, will he, as I have observed him to do on several occasions before, be vague, evasive, and in a hurry to get out of the room, if the questioning gets too specific and/or too intense? This guy can jam it into fourth gear and leave a trail of smoke in a heartbeat, believe me!

    After laying his foundation for the district needing more money (isn’t this really what these “Coffee With the Communities” meetings are all about”?), I wonder if he will stand his ground and answers questions such as the following:

    (1). Given your reputation as a budget-balancer in the Mundelein School District, what further cuts and belt-tightenings do you have in mind for District 209 before
    you begin your parasitic machinations to bleed the taxpayers dry? What will you do,
    aside from insisting that board members use their cell phones appropriately, approve travel for legitimate school business only, and make board members accountable for allegedly misplaced computers, to control the budget? These are amateurish budgetary moves, the savings amount to a hill of beans as a percentage of the entire budget, and they don’t fool anybody into thinking that you know what you’re doing. Further, what assurances can you give to the taxpayers that further
    monies won’t be pissed away and ill-spent as they have been for some years. We know about your duplicity, Mr. Fields, so we’ll be listening closely and we’re going to hold you accountable just as we will Mr. Welch when he’s booted out of office come the next election.

    (2). What are you doing to address the nepotism, cronyism, favoritism, and you-rub-my-
    back and I’ll rub-your-back orientation of board members and other high-ranking officials in the district? Mr. Welch has been said to be an example of engaging in such practices, but I seriously doubt that you have the cahones to discuss his name in association with such shenanigans as you did with Ms. Kelly and Dr. Flowers (by coincidence, of course, minority board members). Do you plan to eliminate those
    who have acquired their positions by virtue of reasons other than having the proper credentials and demonstrated competencies, and, if so, what positions and when?

    (3). Just wondering, can you tell us what Mr. Hastings does to justify the sizable salary that he gets from our district? And, some have questioned how he can manage the responsibilities of being a mayor at the same time he is employed by our district (be discrete on this one, Mr. Fields, because eventually you may be seeking a superintendency in Mr. Hasting's city. You just never know.).

    (4). Why is the district wasting north of $70,000.00 in salary and benefits for Mr. Libka since he turned in his resignation and to the point at which his actual resignation in June, 2007 takes effect? Can you point to any positive, congruent-to-his-salary, and demonstrable accomplishments that he has made in District 209 to justify his enormous salary and his continued employment with the district? What will be done about the impropriety in regard to his use of district funds to obtain certification? Others have been fired for seemingly lesser reasons by you and the board, have they not? Why is Mr. Libka immune?

    (5). Why did you take a salary cut to leave Mundelein and come to Proviso (our “duplicity meters” will be on high alert so don’t give us the “challenge” b.s.)?

    I’m sure others will have many more questions. Got that motor revving and your hand on the gear shift, Mr. Fields?

    By Blogger Steven, at 8:39 AM, November 13, 2006  

  • Have you seen this or heard about this?
    Imagine if a Republican Christian or Jewish politician’s audience were chanting religious slogans; what would the liberal media say?
    Minnesota's newly elected Congressman Keith Ellison's victory speech ends with his supporters chanting Allah Akbar.

    What in the world is our country becoming?With these so called black muslims now in congress,what has black america given our country? If blacks don't like us, why won't they leave our country,other than bleed us dry with there welfare,affirmitive action,crime,homosexuality,promiscuous sex,rap music and failing schools and failing neighborhoods and all there destruction!

    By Anonymous send them back to africa, at 10:31 AM, November 13, 2006  

  • Sometimes people who post racially inflamatory stuff are just trying to stir up hate because it serves the interests of the author.

    The obvious weakness in "send them's" argument is the implication that Blacks are living in a foreign country.

    The United States of America belongs equally to all citizens.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:48 AM, November 13, 2006  

  • To "send them back to africa":

    The topic has to do with District 209. You knew that, but you wanted to change the direction. Why, I wonder? You wouldn't be a Stan Fields supporter, would you? If so, you're a sick one

    By Blogger Steven, at 11:06 AM, November 13, 2006  

  • People like "send them back" are the scum of blogging. They take advantage of the anonymity factor to freely write the hatred that's burning inside of them.

    The good thing about blogging is that you get people's true feelings about things. The bad thing about blogging is that you get people's true feelings about things. It's a double-edged sword. It's up to us to sepearte out the assholes.

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 4:01 PM, November 13, 2006  

  • Nyberg,

    I read you lost your cool on the Insider. Welch is such an ass that he provokes people to such measures. I told you Chris Welch is a BIATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But I forget no profanity on the Probe, but "Sissy Bitch" fits Welch so well!

    Good job! Nyberg

    By Blogger welch_is_an_ass, at 11:52 PM, November 14, 2006  

  • What hapenned at the Coffee and Community meeting last night? More b.s?

    By Anonymous welch is a loser, at 8:17 AM, November 15, 2006  

  • Carl:

    Did you attend Mr. Fields' community meeting last night? What transpired?

    By Blogger Steven, at 10:22 AM, November 15, 2006  

  • There is one issue all Americans agree upon. We all say we believe in the value of education. Whatever our political or economic views, whatever our varied cultural orientations and tastes, whatever our religious convictions, we all believe that high-quality education is critical to the individual and to society. This means that we share a fundamental belief that public education has the capacity to mold the nation’s young people into capable, productive, and decent citizens, and that this accomplishment is one of our country’s highest public goals, if not the supreme goal.
    Yet many of our schools are failing. How has this tragic disconnect occurred? Daily in our newspapers we read of declining test scores, overcrowded schools, gangs and vandalism, drugs and violence, deteriorating school grounds and buildings, alienated youth who are dropping out in droves. Yet, during much of this time, say, 1970-2005, the U.S. economy has grown and flourished. California, whose economy is larger than that of most nations in the world, is a case in point. In the 1970s, California public schools were judged to be excellent. Per-pupil spending in California schools was consistently above the national average. Then several major challenges (some would say disasters) confronted the state, and thus the schools, simultaneously.
    California began receiving an unprecedented influx of immigrants, who now constitute 10 percent of the population (as opposed to the national average of 5 percent). Many of the new immigrants, who spoke little English, enrolled their children in the public schools. (Latino children now represent 45.8 percent of California’s public schools and 72.8 percent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.) In addition, California has one of the highest percentages in the nation of children who live in poverty, and this condition is worsening.
    A second blow was the passage in 1978 of Proposition 13, a statewide referendum that deliberately lowered the state’s property tax revenue. Gradually California’s previously admirable per-pupil funding fell to third lowest in the nation—where it has remained. English language learners and children living in poverty are simply more expensive to educate. California is not the only state to fail to respond to this demand upon its resources. California is a blatant example, but the rest of the nation is also failing. Not everything is a matter of funding, but funding is a crucial issue. While some conservatives, point out that correlating funding to achievement is murky 1, the noted educator Dr.Charles Flowers points out that no one in the suburbs says, “Money isn’t correlated with achievement, so here, you may as well take some of this extra cash off our hands.” 2 Even the most cautious of studies indicates that funding levels are crucial to student performance. In a recent study, it concludes: “Overall, the literature indicates that the amount of money cannot be removed as an important variable in the education achievement of students. Furthermore, the literature clearly points to usage of money allocated as key.” 3 Our nation’s inner-city and low-income neighborhoods and impoverished rural communities are being grossly ignored, under funded, and thereby harmed. Writing about an often ignored segment of our nation—that is, poor rural areas—The National Board of Education states that nearly nine million Americans live in poverty in rural areas and one-third of the nine million live in communities with persistently high poverty rates. These children are virtually invisible; without a high-quality education, their chances to escape the crippling effects of poverty are almost nil. As Dr. Flowers states, “Education is, just as the American Dream has always implied, an avenue for upward mobility for individuals. But most schools in America’s poor communities do not offer that opportunity.” 4.
    The nation also faces a growing sense that democracy at home is under siege. No matter how much they may admire billionaire captains of industry, most Americans still cherish a belief in a just society that is able to maintain at least some equality or proportionality of opportunity, and appropriateness in the distribution of wealth. Yet, as we have seen— there has been a relatively recent and very rapid increase in the disparity of wealth in America. This growing gap plays itself out in our national education systems, where we see the growth of two distinct polarities: two Americas, two educations. On the one hand we see private schools and wealthy neighborhood public schools that offer beautiful and functional campuses, comprehensive and enriched curricula, and excellent teaching conditions. On the other hand, we find many inner-city and low-income neighborhood public schools with inadequate facilities, overcrowded classrooms, undernourished curricula, and overall miserable teaching conditions and corrupt School boards who prefer playing politics and hiring cronies ,such as in District 88,89 and 209. And though some would argue otherwise, the fact that the well-to-do schools are often spending three times more than the others is, I believe, a major reason for the differences in quality, and hence opportunity, for the children. There is an elephant in the living room that most legislators, citizens, and even educators are ignoring: we are not properly funding our schools. Though we may wish it would, this elephant will not go away. Furthermore, there is a reason for this situation that we have not yet fully grasped.
    Some will argue that educational spending has grown along with everything else—so what’s the problem? They will often add that it must therefore be poor management, bureaucracy, progressively oriented college education departments, or whatever, that have rendered our schools inadequate, not a lack of funds.Dr. Flowers disagrees. What we have not grasped is that in urban areas and elsewhere there has been a massive increase in social problems that has been neither fully acknowledged nor confronted.
    This proliferation of social problems receives lip service, but few realize the impact of these problems upon schools. Consider: a massive infusion of non-English-speaking students—in some schools more than 50 languages are spoken. Consider: in some neighborhoods there are two and three families living in one- or two-bedroom apartments whose conditions afford students no possibility of studying or doing homework. Consider: in many of these neighborhoods gangs rule, and from 3 p.m. to darkness the streets and parks are unsafe. Where then do inner-city children go and what can they do? Consider: in many neighborhoods drug dealing, crime, and violence are daily occurrences; consequently many children come to school frightened, sometimes abused, or physically undernourished. The pitifully understaffed schools are expected to deal with these problems as well as teaching academic skills—and, frequently, all of this is expected to be carried out in overcrowded classrooms.
    The implications and requirements that these relatively new social conditions impose on schools are enormous. To make serious improvements would necessitate:
    1. in many middle schools and high schools, cutting class size in half, which would necessitate
    2. hiring 100 percent more teachers—which would necessitate
    3. repairing campuses and building more schools and classrooms and
    4. hiring more counselors, special education specialists, ESL teachers and
    5. creating after-school programs for latchkey children and youth.
    That would be just a start. Yet each of these requirements would require substantial new funding. There’s that elephant.
    But for some reason the elephant seems to be invisible. Poverty and its companions, poor health systems, poor housing, and poor schools, seem to be off society’s radar screen. Forty-five years ago Michael Harrington noted that “The other America, the America of poverty, is hidden today in a way that it never was before. Its millions are socially invisible to the rest of us.” 5 Similarly, a year before Harrington, James Bryant Conant argued in his Slums and Suburbs that “The contrast in money available to schools in a wealthy suburb and to the schools in a large city jolts one’s notions of the meaning of equality of opportunity.” 6
    Today matters have worsened since then. Furthermore, studies have demonstrated that inner-city children, rather than the smaller per-pupil funding they receive, actually require more funds in order to compensate for their social deprivation. Dr. Flowers, reviewed several such studies, and concluded that children from economically deprived backgrounds would require 35 percent more spending than the average costs, and children with limited English proficiency will require spending around 100 percent above average.7 Anything short of this amount is likely to perpetuate failure.
    A recent Rand Corporation study that was commissioned to discover the complex reasons behind California’s underperformance in K-12 education reached several important conclusions. First, California’s per-pupil expenditures were third lowest in the nation. Reasoning that perhaps one explanation for California’s difficulties could be found in its disproportionate number of immigrants, the Rand economists statistically corrected for this disparity among the states. This time, California’s expenditures came out dead last! But then a completely unexpected result emerged: Texas, with a similarly large minority population, which had languished along with California near the bottom of the per-pupil spending rankings, vaulted to first place when the data was adjusted for minority enrollments. In other words, unlike California, Texas has actually faced up to the challenge of trying to provide a decent education to non-English-speaking children and children of poverty, primarily by means of universal preschool for low-income children. As Rand’s lead economist explained in a recent briefing, this achievement was driven almost entirely by Texas’ business leaders who, to their credit, realized that providing a substandard education to Texas’ low-income and non-English-speaking students would in the long run immensely impair Texas’ economic prospects and its competitiveness. It does not even require an extra helping of the milk of human kindness to see that funding public education adequately is the correct thing; in the case of the Texas business community, even simple self-interest will do.
    The consequences attached to failing or succeeding in this gigantic effort are enormous. In a real sense, both our nation’s soul and its essential viability are at stake. If we become a hopelessly and irreversibly two-tiered society with the few very rich flourishing and the many poor living in degraded conditions, we will have shattered the American dream of a democratic, just, and fair society. We will have become an oligarchy-aristocracy-plutocracy, but will no longer be a democracy. How we regard and treat our schools will be a major determinant of what path we choose. We are already well down the road towards oligarchy; it is almost too late to change. Almost.

    By Anonymous Karen Yarbrough's speech in Oak Park, at 11:03 AM, November 15, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 12:20 PM, November 15, 2006  

  • Ms. Coffee says: Oh Steven, you hit the nail on the head! Why should we increase funding to a school district that squanders the money by hiring and RETAINING political hacks who don't do their jobs or maybe even don't show up for work. When Dist. 209 shows the community that they care about education more than politics, then we'll talk money.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:51 PM, November 15, 2006  

  • Plese, unless you wish for Carl to be sued, Please take your plagaraism elsewhere, unless karen did utter these words, then she is the plagarist

    so what you are saying is that Karen is in the Habit of Plagarizing...

    Naughty, Naughty, that is what killed Joe Bidens' Career

    This text is from an upcoming book by Paul Cummins Two America's, Two Educations

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/200601031_paul_cummins_elephant_classroom/

    By Anonymous Take Your Plagarism Elsewhere, at 2:05 PM, November 15, 2006  

  • As a tax payer, I am aware that my tax dollars are used to finance expenses incurred by our elected officials for their "work". The keyword here is "work". If certain school board members are actually "working" for the betterment of the district, then I would expect them to incur the most expenses…in lieu of that, school board members who are doing the least amount of “work” incur less expenses.

    There have been numerous media reports and discussions regarding cell phones, conference attendance and overall expenses incurred by school board members. The problem with these reports is that they have focused solely on the “expense” rather than the overall financial loss or gain attributed to these expenses. Let’s be real, how many people look at their bank statements and only review their withdrawals? Wouldn’t one review deposits, withdrawals, interests paid, etc? In other words, one would take a comprehensive view of their financial transactions to paint a complete picture of their worth or well-being. In a world where people have a lust for scandal, it’s easy to paint a less than appropriate picture of someone based on selective facts, narrow vision and flawed logic, but does that actually help the cause or does this stifle those who are now being scrutinized based on an incomplete picture?

    Our tax dollars are an investment that we expect to be used wisely. The overall purpose of an investment is to receive a substantial return above the initial investment. With school board members in mind, how do we gauge who’s “working” and who’s not? Which members are simply incurring expenses with less than satisfactory gains/returns? In other words, without full disclosure of expenses and the return on our investment, how can we judge our board members? This is a formula that I feel is lacking and should be remedied. The Illinois State Board of Education has a guideline for their “Those Who Excel” award, which are not solely based on “expenses”, they are:

    • How the nominee has demonstrated excellence in his or her duties
    • How the nominee has demonstrated concern for children
    • Positive effects the nominee has had on the school environment
    • Leadership shown by the nominee to inspire others to achieve
    • Achievement of the nominee beyond what would be expected as part of his or her normal duties.


    We should use this information as a guideline to measure the “work” performed by our school board members. This potentially could show us who is actually “working” and using our tax dollars to give us a substantial return on our investment.

    To be clear on my stance, I do not want board members who sit on their hands and attend a once a month, hour long school board meeting and then go home and do nothing until the next board meeting. This is an incredible misuse of our dollars. This inaction will give us a zero return on our investment. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing…kind of like the dad who had 3 sons and gave them all $10.00. One squandered his money living fast, the other buried his money so he wouldn’t lose it, but the third used his money as an investment and worked to create more money. Of course, the dad was disappointed with the actions of the first 2 sons. He praised the third son for being productive…expanding his position in life. The third example is the person who I want as a board member; someone who aggressively works to bring back programs, initiatives, grants, national exposure and speakers to our district. Yes, they will incur expenses based on their work, but at least they are working to create a return on our investment that directly benefits the district. I challenge all of us to come to terms and create criteria to judge our current school board members and measure their work. If we do this, I think we can make the right decision come April.

    For the record, I refused to name any board members regardless of how bad or good they are for the purpose of being objective. I say we should refrain from using board members names once this criterion is set, and then theoretically, we can judge them in an objective manner. Similar to a blind taste test…

    Also, only one board member in the history of District 209 has received the “Award of Excellence” from the Illinois State Board of Education based on their criteria. This recipient still holds a seat on the current board.

    By Anonymous How should we judge board members, at 3:11 PM, November 15, 2006  

  • someone else who may be "noted" asks:

    How is Dr. Charles Flowers "noted"? What has he published regarding this issue? What conferences has he attended and presented research on? I'd be interested in hearing his presentations in a conference format.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:16 PM, November 15, 2006  

  • To "How should we judge board members":

    I found the content of your post to be very interesting and it brings up some good ideas. I would add several points, however.

    We need to focus on electing people to the board of education who have the requisite experiential base and who have demonstrated competence in
    their lives and their fields. Most importantly, people who have demonstrated that they truly, above all, care about kids and their education. These people should be role-models for higher standards and creative thinking in our educational community. Rather, we tend to elect political hacks, people with personality disorders whose main concerns are self-enhancement, the accrual of power for power's sake, or who have other agendas that are a higher priority than the education of our children. We need to dig beneath the surface of the marketing and smoke and mirrors and see these people for who they really are. Once these people get into office, we are pretty much forced to live with them, barring a successful recall, until the next election opportunity. You didn't name names, but readers of these posts will quite readily be able to identify board members to whom the above description applies.

    Secondly, the criteria that you listed for the "Excel" award, although not designed specifically to globally assess the competencies of board members, are rather vague and need to be tightened up a bit or, better yet, objectified. The terms, "excellence", "concern for children", "positive effects on the school environment", "leadership to inspire others", and "achievement beyond what would be expected" are, as they stand, vague, subject to differing interpretations, and easily spun to accomodate political and other agendas.

    By Blogger Steven, at 8:31 AM, November 16, 2006  

  • Steven,

    I appreciate your feedback. My aim is to start a dialogue so that we can work towards and set certain parameters that will aid us in measuring the work of our current board members as well as give us a guideline for potential board member candidates. Presently, we speculate, spread rumors and state who we don’t like and who we don’t agree with, without any confirmation regarding their accomplishments. Public opinion can be easily swayed based on hearsay and agendas, so I would like to elevate our scope to move beyond the crass tactics and emotions that cloud our vision.

    My purpose for listing the criteria from the “Excel” awards is to show what guidelines the Illinois State Board of Education uses and how that may aid us in creating our own set of criteria. It’s not fool-proof; it’s simply an example to get us thinking in a more rounded fashion. If we work together, we can help weed out the political agenda and spins that may accompany vague criteria.

    For the record, I didn’t name names, but I’m very aware that the readers/participants of this blog will draw their own conclusions and connect the dots where they may. Its human nature and I have no problem with that. And with me being human, there are certain board members who I think are working in the best interest of our students and there are those who I think are working for themselves. We all have our opinions; maybe this will help us put reasons and facts behind those opinions so that we can eventually change the dire state of our school board and District 209.

    To All:

    Please do not hold back your thoughts or ideas regarding this matter. We can make a difference!

    By Anonymous How should we judge board members, at 10:32 AM, November 16, 2006  

  • I heard that Pasquele, Dr Murphy, Angela McDaniels, Stan Fields anf Welch had a Students First party at the Touch of the Past. How hypocritical! Welch and McDaniels really don't have the students first in their hearts or minds. McDaniels is defecient in her writing and speaking skills and well Welch is a roach the scum of the earth.

    If Pasquele is supporting Welch then he has lost my vote and many others in Bellwood. It will take more than Pasquele to reconstruct Welch's tarnished reputation. Dr Murphy needs to get out of the field and stop being a whore for Pasquele and Welch. Educated black women should not have to be pimped and paraded around by white men or evil bitch ass black men like Welch. Murphy needs to wake up, and Angela McDaniels has no choice because she is incompetent and is doing whatever she can to keep a job that everyone knows she is not qualified for.

    Warning to Pasquele : drop the dead weight! Welch aint nothing but trouble.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:49 AM, November 16, 2006  

  • The Mayor of Stone Park and his trustees were also at the touch of the past, along with district 88 board member,the fat one from stone park with her boyfriend the janitor from 88,along with Burdi.
    Serpico and Bruno were also there with a the majority of the township board, and Gene Moore,along with local Reverands.
    I think,all you Yarbrough supporters are going to realize that Yarbrough is a one termer for committeewomen and that she can't win the school boards and will probably lose her seat in two years,along with her Husband and his board in Maywood.Wicvks and Dorris were also there.
    Tell her small group of ra-ra's to find another horse to hitch the sorry asses on too, cause Yarbrough's a loser!
    Got that Flowers,Patterson,Kelly,Doc,Briant!

    By Anonymous counting the days, at 1:32 PM, November 16, 2006  

  • Wow Welch sissy bitch ass and his 10 supporters at it again. Chris is so pathetic the many relatives he has in Proviso didn't even vote for lying bitch ass. Welch no one is trembling from your empty threats. You are done in Proviso. But I guess you cannot tell a bald headed donkey that fat meat is greasy. Welch needs to get ready for another beat down.

    Pasquele stay away from LUCIFER! Welch will have Pasquele in jail sooner than the Feds planned.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:11 PM, November 16, 2006  

  • Everyone thought that Mayor Serpico destroyed Charles Flowers after his(Charles) defeat as school district 89. EVEYONE WAS WRONG. Mr Serpico may have won some early battles but Serpico, Moore and Welch have lost the war.Lies and corruption are always eventually exposed.

    It seems individuals who oppose Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico go on to enjoy bigger and better success. While those who support Serpico lose elections and wait at home for their federal subpoenas.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:23 PM, December 01, 2006  

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