Black-white gap at Oak Park & River Forest, September, 2011

Nine short years ago, as reported with brief comment . . .

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Print

By Jim Bowman

Writer

In Oak Park Newspapers blog September 22, 2011

Customary hand-wringing at Oak Park & River Forest High about blacks' low achievement, plummeting in recent years at yet higher rates. Hopeful sign, however, as a board member very carefully sounds a different note:

Board member Terry Finnegan countered that, while raising minority scores is and should be a priority for the school, teachers and the administration can only do so much.

I dont want to lay it all on the school, Finnegan said. Every day is a 24-hour period of which the school does not control the entire day. While we have to be leading in the education of our kids, its not the only factor involved.

Meanwhile, never any talk of dismantling the current race-based programs, unconstitutional on their face and failures on the record.

Note: Finnegan became board president in the following April, lost a (reluctant) re-election bid a year later.

Contact:
Email: jimbowman7@aol.com Twitter: @BlitheSp

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.


            
SubscribeClassified
MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad

Latest Comments