May 2007


The good folks at The Champion were recently interviewed by an ABC-TV affiliate. Excerpt:

Zettler started compiling pension stats five years ago after he questioned how his suburban school district was spending money. What he found stunned him.

“There are over 1.100 teachers who have pensions of over $111,000 a year and they can retire at age 55,” said Zettler.

It is stunning.

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Thanks to one of my fav bloggers for this link.

Bill Lloyd recaps the May 10 District 211 school board meeting.

A Fremd mother writes that Fremd High School doesn’t enforce bullying policy.

The Daily Herald: Disabled woman loses District 211 case.

The Fremd class of 1992: 14-year-old crime finally goes to trial.

Conant connection: Going public with private struggles.

The Daily Herald asks about Boards going back to school?

Good article. It emphasizes that the consequences for a school district of ignorant school board members can be dire:

Schock said he attended a recent event where a school board member said he had been on the board eight years and still didn’t know a thing about school finance.

“People don’t get on school boards to be a watchdog,” he said.

But school districts and taxpayers across the suburbs have paid the price when boards lacked the knowledge to act as watchdogs.

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District 211 school board member Bill Lloyd shows his leadership skills in a post titled the total picture.

Every person that has been fortunate enough to serve as a board member has seen and experienced first hand the Herculean efforts needed to keep the school district not only running but running and producing at a high level. They have also experienced the commitment that district employees have toward the students and families they serve. All of District 211’s employees are very deserving of gratitude and thanks.

Another Amazon-listed book on school corruption: School Corruption: Betrayal of Children and the Public Trust by Armand Fusco.

Allison Smith, the communications director for District 300 has suggested that her school district automatically post much more information on the district website.

Specifically, she has suggested to their school board that all FOIA requests that the district receives be posted on the district’s website, along with the responses.

A national pro-open records blog is enthusiastic about the idea.

I’ve had trouble getting the most basic information from District 211, such as copies of electric bills and simple invoices. Once I did get the information I sought, I posted it here. How much better it would be if District 211 would fulfill its commitment to enhancing communication by posting both the FOIA requests it gets, and the information it provides in response to them, right on the District website. More people would then get the information they seek, and the District wouldn’t look like it is trying to keep certain information a secret.

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