During the spring of last year, Wednesday Journal invited public opinion about the achievement gap. In response to the invitation, there was a flurry of letters to the editor followed by a slow but rather consistent number of remarks both short and lengthier. This fall, the attention on this issue has once again picked up.

Forum Oak Park (FOROP) is an independent policy group of Oak Park citizens whose purpose is to identify and address major policy issues affecting Oak Park, consider proposed policy alternatives and advocate for alternatives we think are the most sensible and beneficial to all of Oak Park.

This year FOROP has decided to focus its attention on the achievement gap. In the fall of this year we began with a presentation, followed by conversation with members of the Collaborative for Early Childhood Care and Education. They presented their proposal for how to support the academic success of very young children. We are now extending our invitation to the general public because we believe this issue belongs to all of us as a community. Our next presentation and conversation about the achievement gap will be with Kevin Anderson, District 97 assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. Mr. Anderson will be addressing the district’s efforts in responding to this issue.

FOROP invites all interested parties to join us on Nov. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. If you plan on attending, please reserve a space by contacting ForumOakPark@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please contact the same address. We welcome your participation.

Marge Epstein, Jim Kelly
FOROP steering committee members

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