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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 […]

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Editorial: We Urge the D202 Board to Set High Expectations in Defining ‘College Readiness’

The District 202 School Board is discussing new five-year goals for the District. One goal focuses on academic achievement, and two important issues are how the Board will define what it means to be college ready and how the Board will measure whether Evanston Township High School is preparing all of our children to be […]

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Editorial: Addressing the Achievement Gap at District 65

More than 100 African American parents and community members attended the Dec. 14 District 65 School Board meeting to call for action to address the achievement gap between white students and students of color. We share the frustration. We too are upset that so many African American and Hispanic children are not prepared. It is […]

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We Support District 65’s $48.2 Million Referendum to Establish a School in the Fifth Ward: Our Analysis and Views

The RoundTable published a lenthy editorial supporting the 2012 Referendum to establish a new school in the Fifth Ward. To review the editorial in its entirety, click on the link below. An excerpt from the editorial is published below: “The central core was once the attendance area for Foster School, which was converted to a […]