I am the parent of one current student in the [OPRF High School] TEAM program and one graduate of the program. My third child is in the LD program. I am also a school social worker in a neighboring district. I have learned to look at the special education program at the high school as both an insider and an outsider. The balance between the two is sometimes difficult.
Brilliant puns notwithstanding, I'm not really "uprooted" (positively or negatively) by the Oak Park Forestry Commission's decision to pass on my proposal to pass out Sugar Maple saplings to kids [Sugar Maple squabble leads to Arbor Day argument, NEWS, April 27].
In this era of ethnic genuflection and sniffy multiculturalists, the University of Illinois will eliminate Chief Illiniwek as the mascot-slash-cheerleader of the school's basketball and football teams.
My snide brother calls it "The People's Republic of Oak Park," which is overstating the case, but I'm not sure it's a village anymore. With the loss of the open parking lot at Marion and Ontario, I think we lose village status. When the principal means of parking in the downtown area is high-rise parking I think you lose village status.
At the April 21 OPRF school board meeting, special ed parents, supporters, and other audience members were taken aback to hear Superintendent Susan Bridge accuse parents of "an increasingly distorted portrayal of the special ed program."
On behalf of the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), I am writing to address some of the recent issues raised by the public and media. This commission is comprised of 11 citizen volunteers appointed by the village president with the consent of the trustees. We are selected for our expertise and commitment to preserving Oak Park's rich and internationally significant architectural heritage.