Evanston schools were in the news for a variety of reasons this year — and it wasn’t just about COVID. Here’s a countdown of the most-read stories on the education beat.
July 27 — The houses of three Northwestern University fraternities and three sororities will be turned into dormitories for the 2021-22 academic year. Most of the groups had been on campus for well over a century.
Nov. 20 — Two students present a survey-based open letter to the school board suggesting new ways of doing things at the school. Desire changes, they say, should be easy to implement.
Nov. 22 — The last-minute decision by Evanston/Skokie District 65 to close schools Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week is not sitting well with many parents, particularly those forced to scramble for child care.
Oct. 12 — Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has a financial and political dilemma, namely, how to downsize and upsize at the same time. Too much space, not enough students. But board members also want to build a new 5th Ward school.
A white teacher in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is suing the district, claiming some of the district’s programs and curriculum components illegally discriminate based on race.