Lake Co. schools once praised now labeled failures
Sophomore Nathan Walkine works in his Algebra 2 Essentials class at Lakes High School in Lake Villa, one of four schools praised for making progress in Advanced Placement participation but tabbed as not meeting federal standards.
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#1 Oct 31, 2011
My tax dollars at work. Why don't we add a few more vice superintendents to District 117? The two we have seem to not be able to come up with excuses fast enough.
Here is a news flash for Dist. 117 leadership: Fix it or face a taxpayer revolt. That also includes the school board. You two "leaders" are making a fortune. And you will make an obscene and unfair amount in retirement. For the money you two are getting , WE EXPECT RESULTS, NOT EXCUSES. Think of what you are doing in business terms: MISS YOUR TARGETS, LOSE YOUR JOB. What will it be you two so called educators?
#2 Oct 31, 2011
Dear District 117 leadership:
Shut up and do your job. I agree with "Offical US Taxpayer". Taxpayers are sick of manipulation, waste, spinning the truth, and failed programs.
Do your job or get out. If you won't go, we will remove and replace you, your Board, and anybody else who does not get the fact that our children and our taxpayers deserve more than you are delivering. I for one am sick of the BS. Do your jobs. NOW!
#3 Nov 1, 2011
It appears from the story that they are trying to blame Spanish speaking and disabled students for dragging down their test scores.
Did they not know these students were part of their student body? Did they not know someone who reads and writes in Spanish would have a hard time taking the same English produced test?
How about blaming your staff and management for failing to recognize these basis facts of your own teaching system and addressing them adequately and in time?
Another overpaid bureaucrat opens a moth and inserts a foot. A very well paid foot.
#4 Nov 1, 2011
Mouth! Gotta love google auto correct.
Either way, moth or mouth.
I wonder what our illustrious leader makes in way of compensation?
One last thing. Exactly how many Spanish speaking and writing students do we have in our district so as to affect the bell curve?
Since: Oct 11
#5 Nov 1, 2011
Personally, I think those that cannot read or write English when they reach a high school level should be placed in a different curriculum at a different school. Once they show their green card, that is.
I have never been able to understand why we need co-superintendents, even more so now when it appears that our students are still not being properly served. I have been supplementing our curriculum with self study since my kids were in 3rd grade. I guess I'll need to keep doing that and maybe add some more.
#6 Nov 1, 2011
Read the report card for that school. They break it down by grade, race and gender. You will see the culprit on that report card.
#7 Nov 11, 2011
#8 Nov 12, 2011
There's a flip side to that too.
Parents are NOT professional educators.
I never met a parent yet that didn't try and help their kids with school and homework.
But we're not pros.
Most parents work 40+ hours, fix meals, repair homes, shop for the kids/home, take the kids to band practice/sports practice/games/events/recreati onal places/church and its events.
And on and on.
Parents are not shirking the duties of helping their kids with school. But there is just so many hours in a day.
That why we depend on the so called PROFESSIONALS to do their job.
And by looking at their national averages we're NOT getting our tax dollars worth.
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