River Forest District 90: Davis, Hickey and Moore

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Incumbency in a school district which performs well but actively addresses its self-diagnosed shortcomings is a pretty good argument for winning our endorsement. And so in River Forest's District 90 public elementary schools we readily endorse incumbents Calvin Davis, Barbara Hickey and Rich Moore for four-year terms.

The three make articulate and passionate arguments for continuing the work they have done, with board colleagues and a courageous school administration, in acknowledging and confronting the racial equity issues in this affluent district.

River Forest's elementary schools could easily have continued to skate by on their top test scores, contented parents and stable teaching force. Instead, these candidates helped lead an effort to understand the roots of the institutional racism that afflicts this and most every school district, worked a plan to offer challenging equity training across the district, built a diagnosis of the existing issues and a bold plan to fix the shortcomings.

Each of these three bring solid and varied experiences to the board. Moore is a public high school administrator and longtime teacher. Davis has been active in many ways in the local schools as well as Cub Scouts, the park district and youth basketball. Hickey raised five children who came through D90 and OPRF and was an active volunteer in those schools.

These are standout candidates and earn our backing over challengers Matt Heffner, Allison Jack and Hui Kang.

And Avalos for 2-year term

In a race for a two-year term on the D90 board we support Katie Avalos over Steve Lefko. Both have played active and positive roles in the school district. Our support for Avalos reflects her enthusiasm for fostering further and faster change in the district related to equity. Lefko's cautions in moving ahead cause us some worry as delay can be a distraction from an essential goal.

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