I’m very glad to have someone as knowledgeable as Ralph Lee making this situation public [Taking another look at the achievement gap in Oak Park, Viewpoints, Dec. 1]. In 30 years of living in Oak Park, I’ve frequently heard stories from young people (all white) about the mediocre education provided to non-honors students at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Among the worst is from a young woman whose only homework for several weeks of a biology class consisted of coloring pictures of the plants and animals they were studying.

With an “average” fifth grader in District 97, I am very concerned about the quality of education she will receive at OPRF.

Diana Sherry
Oak Park

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