Dear editor,

 On April 5 we have the opportunity to elect an outstanding young man who combines his passion for education with impeccable credentials. Scott Rochelle, a second-generation graduate of ETHS, received his bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College. He earned his law degree and a master’s from the University of Illinois in educational policy. He is an attorney specializing in education policies, including truancy and special education. 

The only child of two Evanston educators, Scott recalls dinner table conversation as he was growing up that revolved around education. Scott supports merit pay raises for teachers, as well as the need to serve students who go directly to college and those who begin their careers immediately after graduation. He believes in the “spirit” of the plan to make the freshman humanities course an all-levels class, but believes that we must have the best and most experienced teachers for those classes. He says the new plan is a challenging experiment that school districts across the nation will watch. 

 Scott was in honors courses at ETHS and knows that the fine education he acquired there has served him well in his career. He does not want to sacrifice the high academic standards of Evanston Township High School!

 Because I have spent many years working with Evanston youth as founder and former executive director of the Youth Job Center, I know the importance of a student’s experience in high school.  If Scott Rochelle is elected to the school board,  I have hopes for more fairly AND appropriately integrated classes, more emphasis on skills with which one can earn a living after high school and more guidance for those who don’t have parents who are able to help them apply for college. 

 In addition, my work with many ETHS graduates has shown me the need for certain standards of achievement that should be met by all students prior to graduation. Evanston Township is an excellent high school in which students can acquire a top-notch education. That standard should be maintained, but the school board and staff must work to make a quality education a reality for a higher percentage of students.

 My knowledge of Scott Rochelle’s abilities, youthful energy and commitment, in addition to his being African American, thus sensitive to Evanston’s diversity issues, make me believe we are very lucky he is interested in serving on the school board. I urge you to give him your vote April 5.

Ann Jennett