Julie MacCarthy, candidate for District 200 School Board

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Courtesy Julie MacCarthy, candidate for District 200 School Board

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

As the parent of a graduating senior, I have direct experience with Oak Park River Forest High School. My daughter had a wonderful experience at the high school that has prepared her for matriculation at some of the nation's best colleges. I am passionately committed to the belief that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, deserve an academically and intellectually fulfilling experience at OPRF and that their high school experience prepares them for future success. I believe:

  • All OPRFHS students benefit from attending a public school with an economically and racially diverse student body.
  • The school district has a responsibility to make sound fiscal decisions in order to maintain the quality of educational programming over the long-term.
  • My educational background, professional experience, and commitment to educational equity make me an excellent candidate to achieve these goals as a member of the OPRFHS Board.

I have lived in Oak Park for more than 20 years and am active in the community. I serve on the Park District of Oak Park Citizen Committee (PDCC), and I volunteer at the Animal Care League and the Food Pantry. I recently finished my doctorate in education; my dissertation was a case study of a high achieving school that serves low-income African American students and that is closing the achievement gap. For the past 14 years I worked for an arts education organization that serves the Chicago Public Schools, and I worked in more than 80 public school across the city every year. I now run my own consulting firm.

I look forward to bring that experience to our community, and I ask for your vote on April 9, 2013.


Julie MacCarthy, Ed.D.
P.S. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to check out my blog: http://juliemaccarthyconsulting.com/

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James Rusevich from Chicago  

Posted: March 26th, 2013 9:24 PM

I've known Julie from the business she unsuccessfully ran. I'm sorry Julie, but althougn you're very smart you would be a disruptive force on any board. You're not a team player. You've never been able to hold a job for more than two years. You have some issues that make your ability to get along with others problematic. Good luck in your "consulting" career (euphemism for unemployed).

Speedway from Oak Park  

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 11:39 AM

I agree with you Jim. But, I still would like to move past generalizations and hear from candidates on their specific responses to current concerns we have with D200. That is the only way to figure out who to vote for. Otherwise, what is the point of voting?

Jim from Oak Park  

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 11:09 AM

Good question, Speedway. Julie, can you be a politician and hear all the stakeholders? Your educational experience adds stature in the school community, but what's your commitment to voters and taxpayers? Steve Nations, another candidate, put it this way in a Wed. Journal article, " . . . sometimes you need to be an advocate for the school, and sometimes you need to be an advocate for the voters and taxpayers -- and you need the common sense to tell the difference." Will you do that?

Speedway from Oak Park  

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 9:30 AM

Julie, what do you think about the current surplus in D200 funds? What do you think should be done with the money? What are your thoughts about reducing the gap? I think you have some excellent credentials to be on the school board but would like to hear your take on some of the issues.

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