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Editorial: Some Suggestions for an EC2C Literacy Goal and Desired Outcomes
The Community Literacy Solution Design Team (the Literacy Team) of the Evanston Cradle to Career Initiative (EC2C) held its inaugural meeting on May 8. Fifty persons representing 25 organizations attended. EC2C is built on the premise of “collective impact” – that schools, institutions, community organizations, business groups and others can have a greater impact by working together to address complex social and educational issues, than working alone.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Room for a View: Anxiety on the Rise
In 1963, President Kennedy established May as Older Americans Month, a month to celebrate and “acknowledge the contributions of past and present older citizens.”  It is sponsored by the U.S. Administration on Aging.  The third Tuesday of every month is observed as Senior Citizens Day. Many advertisements on TV, in magazines, newspapers and in posted mail focus on the loss of physical and mental capacities that older citizens experience or will experience during aging.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Room for a View: Angst
If physical pain is any measure of being human, anxiety is its greatest competitor. Mental anguish takes many forms: basic insecurity, deep-seeded resentments, low self-image or self-hatred, academic slowness, jealousies, shyness, physical shortcomings, etc. And that does not take into account the latest breaking news of disaster, financial pressures, racial tensions, otraffic, flying, job security and anything else that sharpens the edges of one’s uneasiness and fears.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Harley Clarke: Past, Present & Future
Some days I think that Daniel Burnham might be rolling over in his grave if he knew what was happening in Evanston these days. Certainly he would be staggered by some of what has been proposed for the Harley Clarke house and its iconic Jens Jensen landscape and gardens. The indisputable Father of the City Beautiful movement, Burnham prepared The Plan of Chicago in 1909. It was the first comprehensive urban plan for the controlled growth of an American city. Burnham’s plan declared that every citizen should be within walking distance of a park, among other revolutionary ideas.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Editorial: District 65's Strategic Plan: A Positive Step Forward
We have written a lot about District 65’s new strategic plan, which was unanimously approved by the School Board on March 23. That plan builds on existing foundations to improve high-quality teaching and learning, build a thriving workforce, enhance family and community engagement, provide a safe and supportive school climate, and maintain financial sustainability.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Room for a View: Am I the Only One?
I realize this will sound like a peep of a single sparrow in a tree full of them. But sometimes a single peep can find a moment of silence that lets it be heard. So, here goes. I am tired of the F-word.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Room for a View: Mental Health Awareness
I phoned the Evanston Public Library to see if May had a special focus like some other months (e.g., Black History Month for February; Women’s History Month for March). A librarian researched this for me and found/read numerous titles for the month of May. 
Some of the titles focused on ethnic or religious groups, but many referred to health issues.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Guest Essay: Forty Years of Farm to Face in Evanston
Evanston’s downtown Farmers Market is about to launch (May 9), and I am as excited about that opening day as I am about spring’s arrival and the bizarre early success of four of our major league teams.  Let me confess at the outset that as a kid who always loved his groceries, I have been spoiled rotten. If I were a vegetable, I’d be all soft and mottled and ready for composting.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Editorial: We Oppose SB1, It Is Inequitable and Will Severely Harm School Districts 65 and 202
Illinois’ system of funding education is broken. But it is not broken because many school districts, such as School Districts 65 and 202, have been paying high property taxes to fund their schools. It is broken because the State legislature has shirked its responsibility under the Illinois Constitution to adequately fund education.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Editorial: SB16 Fails to Recognize Depth of Poverty, Abandons 40% of Evanston/Skokie Students
SB16 is flawed because it eliminates the poverty grant and cuts off primary State aid to school districts such as Districts 65 and 202, that have relatively high property values, even though they have high concentrations of low-income students who need additional supports.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Editorial: SB16 Is Unfair to D65/202 Because It Fails to Recognize the Full Impact of Property Tax Caps
The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 in late May, and it is currently pending in the House. If enacted into law SB16 will dramatically change the way in which the State allocates approximately $6.7 billion to school districts throughout the State.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Editorial: We Believe Senate Bill 16 Should Take Federal Funding into Account
We think SB 16 is flawed and creates inequities because it does not take federal funding into account in calculating a school district’s available resources. We are concerned about the impact SB 16 will have on children in Evanston.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Editorial: We Join School Districts 65 and 202 in Opposing Senate Bill 16
Illinois’ system of funding education is broken because the State legislature has shirked its responsibility under the Illinois Constitution to adequately fund education – a point clearly made in our School Boards’ Joint Resolution opposing SB16.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014



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