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Editorial: In Our View, Imposing Special Use Requirements on Residential Care Homes Would Violate Federal Civil Rights Laws

In 1993, City Council approved a new Zoning Code after several years of public hearings and extensive input from community members, land-use planners and lawyers. One part of the Zoning Code created two categories of residential care homes. Category I residential care homes provide housing for between four and eight unrelated people with a disability […]

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Editorial: Women Still Suffer at the Hands of Men – in Iran and Elsewhere

The story of this year’s Women’s History Month will end with a grim sentence: 33 years and 148 lashes. The Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh received the new prison term after reportedly having been found guilty of “colluding against the system, propaganda against the system … disrupting public order” and several other counts – and the […]

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Editorial: There Is a Lot of to Learn Before Kindergarten

Nearly 30 years ago Robert Fulghum published “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” What Mr. Fulghum described are the basics of living a fair and balanced life: “Share everything. “Play fair. Don’t hit people. “Put things back where you found them. “Clean up your own mess. “Don’t take things that aren’t […]

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Editorial: Celebrations of Dr. King Conclude With History and Economic Empowerment

The celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Evanston extends well beyond the official holiday. This past weekend, Evanstonians remembered his legacy in words, music, dance and service. Two noteworthy events remain – one that brings a historical figure into focus and one that looks to the economic future. On Jan. […]

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Editorial: School Districts 65 and 202 Should Set Higher Expectations

On May 21, the Northwestern-Evanston Education Research Alliance (NEERA), a partnership between School Districts 65 and 202 and Northwestern University, laid out its plan on how  to define college success and to identify characteristics of students who are on track to meeting their definition of college success, starting at eighth and ninth grades and then […]

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Editorial: The School Boards Should Raise Their Expectations in Defining College Readiness

School Districts 202 and 65 have each adopted goals that our children be on track to college readiness. In collaboration with the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University, they are now in the process of trying to redefine what that means, specifically what is a “successful” college outcome for our children. This is […]

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Editorial: ETHS Update on Measures for College Readiness: Some Positives, Some Concerns

On Sept. 19, administrators at Evanston Township High School presented an update on their progress in developing a model to use in determining whether ETHS students are prepared for college, and in turn whether students in School District 65 are on track to college readiness. ETHS says it is working with District 65 and Northwestern […]

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Editorial – ETHS: There Is No Equity With Low Expectations

The District 202 School Board is poised to adopt low expectations for college readiness, and low expectations for students who are performing at the lower level of the achievement scale, the majority of whom are black and Hispanic students. Embedded in this editorial is our belief that all students can and should succeed. At the […]

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Editorial: Goals Without Metrics Are Meaningless

At the District 202 School Board’s meeting on April 11, the Board considered four draft goals that will guide the District for the next five years: Goal 1: Equitable Educational Outcomes: ETHS will increase each student’s academic and functional trajectory to realize college/career, and independence by eliminating racial predictability across income, disability, and English language […]