The most common problem parents face is motivating their child whether it takes the form of homework struggles, battles over messy rooms or cajoling toddlers to share or demanding that teens show respect.
Education is a civil right; it is the foundation of economic security, well-being, and democracy. Unfortunately, a recently released survey of all public schools in the nation demonstrates the lost educational opportunity experienced by many students, especially by African Americans and students with educational disabilities.
Today is Autism Awareness Day. The statistics are striking. One in 88 children is diagnosed with autism, one in 54 males. It is a somewhat mysterious "disorder," but occurs much more frequently than previously thought. In fact, a case can be made that all of us can be found somewhere on the autism "spectrum," and what we think of as "autism" may simply be the dysfunctional extreme of a much wider spectrum.
On the Friday before the Monday meeting, on the final day of District 97's spring break, came the e-mail statement: Mann Principal Sam LeDeaux was toast. It was jointly decided. It was jointly announced. Of course, it is a personnel matter so, of course, no one can speak on the record. Plus it is spring break and the schools are closed.
There is a lot of confusion in the public's mind about pensions in general and public pensions in particular. While the issues are complex, they are not recondite. Therefore, it might be useful to provide information about public pensions. For now, let's just deal with the basics.
I write to thank all of the voters, volunteers, friends, and family for their strong support in the March primary election. I also thank my opponent and all who supported him for participating in the democratic process.
It was with deep sadness that I read pages 27-29 in the March 26 Wednesday Journal [When we sought racial balance in our classrooms, LifeLines]. I had intended to write this letter some years ago but thought, "What's the use?"
When I was managing a youth baseball Pony League team about 10 years ago, my team's practices at Lindberg Park were sometimes bumped by a Fenwick baseball team. League officials told me Fenwick was allowed to do this.
One must question the premise that Oak Park has insufficient space for sports teams when certain park district-owned spaces are woefully underutilized. I am referring, of course, to the grounds at Cheney Mansion and Pleasant Home.