3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 8:18 AM
25
Likes

So I went to the D64 School Board Candidate forum last night in Park Ridge. I was blown away by some of the answers. Bulblitz and Norm (can't remember how to spell his last name) impressed me with their ideas on how to curtail waste by not buying into pricy untested or shiny new education materials that don't deliver on their promises. They talked about streamlining expensive professional development so the teachers can learn innovative new programs but without so much expense and time out of the classrooms. I am confident that Michael Schaab will bring his work experiences towards tackling the differed building maintenance and working towards all day kindergarten. And Eastman Tiu. Oh man! I was blown away by all his answers—from finance, to school board meetings, to a holistic approach to education, to supporting our teachers, to standardized testing. We *NEED* this candidate on the school board. We NEED him. Larry Ryles was funny and folksy. He had the crowd laughing with his wit. Biagi and Sanchez fielded all the questions on transparency and open school board meetings and why their opponents should not have a seat on the school board. Not much from them on too much else. Sanchez used the term "tightening our belts" and appreciates the special education department at his son's school. The term "fiscal responsibility" was used once but without mentioning any innovative ideas in which to attain fiscal responsibility the way Bulblitz and Norm and Tiu did.

17 Comments:

3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 8:30 AM

Thank you for this post. I had to miss the event.

1 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 8:51 AM

Thank you for posting this!

1 Likes

3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 8:51 AM

Malcolm Hawkes

0 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 8:55 AM

I was surprised that the crowd wasn't bigger. I thought that given the heightened school board awareness in the community, more folks would have come out.

1 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 8:59 AM

Thank you. Wasn't able to make it so really appreciate the update

0 Likes

3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 9:06 AM

Thanks for the great report Kathy Meade!

0 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 10:01 AM

Thank you Kathy Meade

0 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 12:32 PM

Fiscal responsibility lol. Home prices remain stagnant while property taxes increase to pay for increased education costs. More reason not to own a home. No wonder why Illinois has a mass exodus.

0 Likes

3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 12:56 PM

My husband had similar impressions. He really liked Tiu and Bublitz but others you mentioned as well. He was looking for concrete ideas about education in addition to the standard responsibility with taxpayer dollars stuff.

1 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 1:19 PM

Bublitz, Dziedzic & Schaab are all married to teachers in the district. Here is an article by Jennifer Johnson on each candidates response to that. I'm not too confident in some of their responses. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/park-ridge/news/ct-prh-school-board-candidates-tl-1229-20161223-story.html

0 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 1:25 PM

Jan, they all said that they are not going to try and convince you to vote for them and neither am I. We have all read that article. It won't sway me or anyone else who has already made up their minds that it isn't an issue.

0 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 1:49 PM

Open school board meetings and transparency. Please consider for a moment why the board needs to meet in closed session. Yes, a lot of that had to do with teacher negotiations, not so sure how I feel about that. However, there are privacy issues when discussing a particular student, parent or teacher. It doesn't take a rocket scientist

2 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 3:33 PM

I'm sort of wondering out loud here, but is it particularly important that board members have innovative ideas on education or is it perhaps more important that they be receptive of innovative ideas? So much of what a board member does with respect to curriculum, staffing, and environment is based on input from experts outside of the board. Wouldn't it be better, then, to have people with great critical thinking skills on the board than to have people who may come to the board so mired down in their preconceived notions of education and the cost thereof that they don't see true innovation when it's standing in front of them? Just wondering is all.

4 Likes
3 months ago on 03/15/2017 at 8:12 PM

Was this forum video taped by any chance?

1 Likes
3 months ago on 03/17/2017 at 11:14 PM

I was at the forum. I am much less concerned about who is married to whom than the fact that the current board is heaping praise on administrators, despite the fact that our kids are spending 50 minutes less per day learning basic math and English, and nearly 1 in 3 are not prepared to advance to the next grade level.

0 Likes
3 months ago on 03/18/2017 at 12:43 AM

Dave, can I ask where you got that information? I've never seen or read anything that indicated either a lack of reading and English nor that we have a 67% pass rate.

0 Likes
3 months ago on 03/18/2017 at 10:34 AM

If no one discussed teacher pensions then it was all nonsense. Did anyone look at their last tax bill?

0 Likes