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Aug 9Liked by Tom Hayden

Curious if there is something that can be done to address the teachers union endorsement of this past election now. Maybe some groundwork can be done before the next election starts sneaking up. I'm also quite upset with the Democratic Party of Evanston and how their endorsements - I have always trusted those two organizations, and this past D65 school board election really opened my eyes. Both organizations were just completely oblivious.

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Aug 9Liked by Tom Hayden

I would like to also point out that the 5Es do not give teachers any opportunity for feedback on district administration. Although there are certainly problematic principals in the district, there are also schools where the principal's hands are tied because of district policy and directive. Over the last few years, district admin has fully embraced a top-down, micromanaging, hierarchical approach to teachers & building staff.

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Aug 8Liked by Tom Hayden

It's disappointing but unsurprising to hear about those statistics. However, I want to take a moment to acknowledge Mr. McHolland, the Principal who deserves recognition for his exceptional leadership style and calm demeanor. Hopefully McHolland stays but I wouldn't blame him if he jumps ship.

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Aug 8Liked by Tom Hayden

Sad to see Chute in the middle of the pack...Mr. Mac is a great principal, and he was very helpful to us last school year when we had an extended family issue impact our student, as well as the social worker we worked with, Ms. Flores...they are absolutely great members of the D65 team, and I hope they stay as they're doing a lot of good.

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What s really heartbreaking is that we just had a school board election and the turnout was abysmal. After three years of Devon Horton at the helm during which the board members gave him an extension on his contract those that bothered to vote gave the board another 4 years. This isn’t some far away place like the senate in Washington DC. This is our community schools that are being run into the ground. The good teachers and principals can only tread water so long.

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The Lincolnwood number is interesting, the scores went up in 2023 with a new principal. I knew teachers weren’t happy with the former principal, I didn’t realize how deep that went.

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Horton just put the building of a new school in DeKalb on hold saying "We are fully aware of our responsibility to use our resources wisely and ensure that any school construction projects can be adjusted to align with current and projected enrollment needs."

Lolz! Where was that responsibility when looking at the "Fifth Ward" school? Especially rich given the budget situation he left the district in when he fled to Georgia.

https://decaturish.com/2023/08/dekalb-schools-cancels-dunwoody-chamblee-elementary-construction-contract-after-spending-5-3-million/

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I am so glad that my kids just graduated from Chute. The difference in score is quite something. They need to clone Jim McHolland as a principal.

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