Lee addressing achievement gap

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I'm writing in support of the re-election of my friend Ralph Lee to the District 200 board. I first met Ralph while working with him on a service project in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. I came to know, and came to respect, a man devoted to making a better community.

During his first term on the OPRF board, Ralph was out front on addressing the achievement gap. He was out front in laying the groundwork to move toward solutions. Ralph's background as a science teacher at OPRF allows him to bring a unique perspective to the problem.

Ralph has also shown leadership in sound and sane stewardship of school finances.

Ralph Lee deserves another term on the District 200 board. Please join me in giving Ralph a chance to continue his dedicated service to our community.

Steven J. Fruth
Oak Park

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Posted: March 30th, 2011 8:25 AM

So John Phelan is the one to help close the achievement gap? What is his plan? Are you saying, Kelly, that Ralph Lee doesn't deserve our support for his work that he has done so far -- it isn't a quick fix in my opinion.

Kelly O'Connor from Oak Park  

Posted: March 30th, 2011 7:36 AM

The achievement gap is just that, a gap that keeps getting wider! Only 11% of minority students in this years 2011 graduating class are described as college ready? Is that something we as a community are proud of? I for one am not and I believe we can do better than that. Vote for John Phelan if you really want to close the gap!

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