Starting Monday night, Evanston Township High School District 202 Board of Education meetings will be streamed live on the internet and on the school’s local cable channel.

Viewers with Internet access will be able to watch live meetings, view the Board’s agenda, and access relevant documents directly from the ETHS website. Evanston residents with Comcast Cable will be able to watch live meetings on Channel 18.

The school board normally meets in regular session on the second and fourth Mondays of each month during the school year at 7:30 p.m.

Meeting schedules and information packets are also available online. Information packets will be posted the Friday before a regularly scheduled meeting.

In addition, videos of the board meetings will be archived and can be viewed over the Internet at any time on the school’s new video-on-demand page.

“We are pleased to have this technology so we can provide an additional way for our community to have abundant information about ETHS,” Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said in a news release.

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and the Evanston City Council already live-stream meeting video over the internet from the Evanston Community Television website.

Unfortunately for viewers trying to keep track of what’s happening, all three local governmental entities frequently meet at the same time — as will be the case Monday night.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. This is Great News!

    Congratulations to the Board and the High School for making this happen.   

    Anything we can do to offer access and transparency is good for the community.

    Well done.



  2. Where are you?

    So bummed.

    I was looking forward to streaming live.   I have ATT so the Comcast channel does me no good.   

    Either they're starting late or the system still needs to work out some bugs.  Because I'm getting nothing

    I guess I'll have to watch D65 scare everyone into building a new school.  If we don't – then the group with the most organized and active parent body – kids with special needs – will be called into action.

    Moving special ed kids from year to year was one of the consequences of not building a new school …. why can't they just redistrict?    Or they could move all the red head kids each year?





  3. NCLB – Humanities

    Here are some quotes from this past 202 Board meeting:

    Board President Mark Metz took another position as he had in the past. 

    “While those may be laudable (goals),” he said, “there’s a lot of things which affect whether a student enrolls in honors or AP courses later in their high school career … there doesn’t seem to be a direct connection between those circumstances and those outcomes and a single course in the freshman year.  How would we put numbers to that until we’ve collected the data?”

    “Education is so organic,” added Board member Rachel Hayman.  “I believe in data driven decision making … We will have our numbers … We will have the data, we will know if it’s not working.  This is not a program.  It’s a change in the way we’re treating students when they enter the high school.  I’m completely comfortable with the methodology you’ve set forth … over time we’ll get a lot of information.  I will almost guarantee that in year 3, 4, or 5 it will be different.  To arbitrarily set targets … I would say it’s premature.”

    I recall that one main motivation behind restructuring was failure to meet NCLB – the threat of restructuring the school.   

    Does the state allow us to count changes that we can't measure?   How does this help us comply?  Does it even count if it doesn't improve performance?   

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