Five candidates are running for three seats on the Evanston Township High School District 202 board in the April 5 election. Here are profiles of each of the candidates, including videos of the opening remarks of those who participated in last week’s candidate forum.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Pat Quinn wants to consolidate school districts

    Pat Quinn wants to consolidate school districts:

    "The panel would study school mergers that Quinn estimates could save $100 million in administrative salaries. And while the details are not set, more Illinois school districts could become unit districts that span kindergarten through high school. The current patchwork of school systems — elementary, high school and unit — compounds the number of administrators needed to run districts, which adds to taxpayer costs."   [Chicago Tribune ]

    We should start in Evanston. 



    1. Consolidation

      When we start considering the cost of consolidation we need to factor in the extensive cost of remediation that is necessary at the high school when children come from D65 unprepared for high level school work or just barely prepared.  Associated with the cost of remediation is the cost of preventing drop-out, which is a greater risk for students who are working below grade level.  These students are demoralized.  

      We need consistent, meaningful standards aligned assuming college from the high school to elementary.  Some will say "not all children will go to college" and that may be but we don't have the right to decide that for them by 8th grade.  

      Some with say the needs of high school students are different than the needs of elementary school students.  This is a red herring.  The needs of a first grader are different than the needs of an eighth grader.

      There are creative approaches to dealing with the issue of different salaries between the high school and elementary school.  The length day, endorsements, classroom load, etc., can all be considered when dealing with contractual issues.  Many different classes of worker work within the district. It can be worked out.

      It's time to consolidate and stop the blame game.

  2. consolidation

    Sounds nice, but…. the problem is that teachers want pay equity, which means increases for D65 teachers.

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