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Carrie July 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm
A fair implementation of merit pay will not be a simple task. Merit pay depends upon gettingRead More teacher evaluations right, which depend upon students' test scores on the new Common Core standards. The CC standards are generally considered to have been rushed. Some believe the standards represent federal government intrusion into the classroom. Many say the rise in standardized testing has hurt children's love of learning and unfairly punishes teachers and schools. Bill Gates has asked for a moratorium on using CC tests to evaluate teachers, And Gov Christie has called for a committee to look into Common Core standards and testing.
Carrie July 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm
Precisely because of the many difficult issues associated with the Dept. of Education's new CommonRead More Core standards and increase in standardized testing, it would seem prudent to avoid losing trusted, experienced teachers.
Linda Burke July 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm
On a related topic, it can't be emphasized enough that the present board majority merelyRead More anti-teacher and not at all fiscally conservative. I have discussed their massive waste of taxpayer dollars, for purposes remote from education, in other postings. Here is just the latest outrage, moral as well as financial. The majority produced a full color 4-page flier titled "District offer is more than fair" and mailed it to virtually every home in the district. The agenda, of course, was to malign our teachers as overpaid, using cherry-picked and even fictitious data, in order to justify their own extreme proposal. The board majority have refused to reveal the cost of the printing and mailing, saying it is a negotiation expense that can only be disclosed when negotiations are completed. However, those of us with experience in this type of mailing can see that it must have cost tens of thousands of dollars, all on the taxpayer dime. It gets worse. The flier was also sent to multiple zip codes out of district, in Downers Grove, Westmont, Wheaton, and possibly more. That's right, D86 taxpayer dollars were spent on a mailing that included many out of district addresses. This obviously has nothing to do with negotiation of a contract for D86. Some larger political agenda is meant to be served by it, a subject for another posting. These board members have every right to mail out their extreme propaganda, but at their own expense, and not on the D86 taxpayer dime.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
A Kentucky Armory Club T-shirt got Chris Borg, 18, of Hinsdale, suspended.
Linda Burke May 15, 2014 at 07:32 pm
to quote Mr. Pipal, "Freedom of speech is not a 'catch all' right to express what you want toRead More express anywhere you want to express it." I am actually familiar with the first amendment and even with some of the case law related to the first amendment as it applies to students in their high school. Rightly or wrongly, there have been limits approved on free speech for students in the high school setting. A first amendment case could be made for no dress code anywhere. I respect the consistency and zero hypocrisy of that position. If we allow for any dress code within a high school, then the image of a Kalashnikov rifle is not appropriate for student attire. Yes, that is common sense. I think this young student has many promising qualities, but he also chose to defy a reasonable request made by a teacher, within his high school, without being willing to accept the consequences. He obviously has some growing up to do, and the best way for that to happen is for me to terminate my contribution to his fifteen minutes of fame for this behavior.
Patrick Scott May 15, 2014 at 08:08 pm
While many have "feeling" about this issue, the dress code is not that specific...onceRead More again one has assumed a lot or was in contact with the teacher/administrator to know how they created the initial decision on this. Student dress code is a moving target...one judge/administrator allows students to wear another country's national emblem while blocking students from wearing the US Flag on their clothes claiming that in so doing the students wearing US material will incite a riot...now that's a legal liberal stretch. Another Judge decides that uniforms in public school is enforceable. Lots of twists and turns by judges. Apparently no one decision fits all situations and I guess that's how the 1st Amendment works.
Bob Vey May 31, 2014 at 09:01 am
As Chris said in the article he wore the shirt "at least 10 times" before & nothingRead More was ever said or done about it ; that sets a Precedence. Why all of a sudden did they decide to do something about it???? Schools are there to Educate the students as Rick Pipal has stated on May 15 at 6:22 P.M. What ever happened to tolerance???? There is way to much Political Correctness in this Country!!! No matter what you look like, say, or do, it's going to Offend someone, somewhere. Political Correctness is making people to Damn Sensitive!!!! People have to learn to grow the hell up & toughen up!!!
A parent April 26, 2014 at 09:02 am
I couldn't help but to do some comparison between Stevenson and DHS as a resident in Deerfield,Read More since district has put up the news on the website. Operational spending per student is $16,839 in Stevenson and $20,821 in DHS. STEM ranking, #37 for Stevenson and #145 for DHS. I have been very disappointed in science teaching in DHS. Now I believe that there is some truth in the rankings.
Ying Shen April 27, 2014 at 10:05 am
WLA May 1, 2014 at 07:18 am
I don't think magnet schools should be included. All the other schools have to take all students inRead More their district, magnet schools can pick and choose best students.
Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. | Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
David Greenberg March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
"Virtual walls"? Geezus... GPS spoofing is but one way around the geofence. The otherRead More is simply walking up to someone and saying "HEY *(&*(^^#&*(Y($*() !!!!!" Or use a different app created with a bogus email account... *sigh*. Sticks and stones people... sticks and stones... Walk it off and move on...
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
thats for sure, this country is turning into a bunch of pansies!!
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
my kid tells me that his buddy who lives over in Europe has a math book that shows a drawing of anRead More obese American eating a Cheeseburger with Plumbers Ass , as if we are a bunch of slobs over here!!! Is that nice or what???
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dbmorse January 22, 2014 at 11:20 am
A big "Thank You" to Principal Sontag for leading with such a positive perspective. WhileRead More this is an unprecedented situation, fraught with complications, it has to work. Principal Sontag has the right attitude to make this a success.
Dave Carter January 22, 2014 at 01:29 pm
I think it is great that the community can come together to help each other out but I think thatRead More this solution is foolish in that we now have doubled the number of school families impacted by the HMS issue. If this were going to be a long term issue it would make sense to do something. But for a week, it's just compounding the chaos and will result in a substandard learning environment for that time period, again for two schools instead of one. Get HMS fixed and keep the kids in school for a week longer. That's the best solution.
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Josephine cozzi December 19, 2013 at 09:19 am
I would like to thank the board for standing firm against being Taxed Enough Already. The decisionRead More to vote against the 1.7% new tax levy is very much welcomed. In addition, their commitment and decision to spend $27K to make sure our tax dollars are funding students who live in the district is also the right thing to do. May the new fiscally conservative board remain ever vigilante against the tax and spend crowd. Someone needs to be held accountable in allowing non-residents admittance to District 86 schools. Thank you President Manley, Mr. Corcoran, Mr. Cassini and Dr. Scoda, Jo Cozzi, P.S. In my humble opinion, Mrs Gallo should have recused herself from voting on the new tax levy, since she accepted funds from the Teachers Union.
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