Closing Oak Park and River Forest High School's campus might result in an increase in discipline infractions with more students in the cafeterias during lunch periods, according to school administrators. It's a very likely possibility, said Principal Nathaniel Rouse, with more students in the building.
The Illinois House of Representatives has voted to amend the law that governs how ballots should be written when taxing bodies seek a tax hike referendum. The move comes in response to the controversy that began in Oak Park where it was discovered that school districts' ballots understated the impact tax increases would have on voters.
Irwin Loud said he and his wife used to let their teen have a Facebook account, but no longer. The parents were well aware of the dangers associated with social networking sites prior to attending an Internet Safety workshop, April 21, at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Last Thursday's workshop was meant to educate parents about what their kids are up to, and exposed to, on the Internet.
When Oak Park voters OK'd a tax hike for District 97 early this month, they knew they were saving art, music, drama and extracurriculars. But district officials also said they'd use "modest amounts" of the new money to fund expansion of technology in classrooms, and to pay attention to school grounds that have been virtually ignored — beyond basic maintenance — over recent years.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97 says it has dismissed some teachers due to "underperformance" during the current school year, even though those teachers had attained tenure while working in the district.
A controversial policy regarding classroom visitations by parents and other adults in District 97 was approved by the school board, April 12, despite concerns from special needs parents who felt the policy was too restrictive.