It is good news that the number of African-American and other minority students at Oak Park and River Forest High School taking Advanced Placement courses is rising. But the really good news is the candor we're hearing from multiple school administrators who, in plain talk, acknowledge that the increases are not enough.
The resolution on containing costs passed — actually reaffirmed — last week by the school board at Oak Park and River Forest High School was a fine thing. The board action focused on District 200's determination to stretch out as far into the future as possible the day of reckoning when it will need to go to voters for a tax hike referendum.
We don't know what's wrong with the eight out of 59 Oak Park firefighters who have spent time on injured leave this year. Privacy laws keep such medical details private. We do know that seven of the injured workers did the damage while off-duty.%uFEFF
Every institution has its culture. For good and for ill. In Oak Park's District 97 elementary and middle schools, one of the chronic fault lines is the debate over individual school autonomy vs. district-wide problem solving. Quirky is cool when the test scores are good. Unique is the enemy when the numbers sink.