Talk show host and blogger Bruno Behrend of Extreme Wisdom is floating a very intriquing draft of a proposal for school funding and educational reform in Illinois.

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It has been awhile since I looked at District 211’s official website update about its dealings with the Illinois Energy Consortium. Looking at it this morning, the first few paragraphs seem new (although I may just have early onset senile dementia).

Here are the first few sentences of the update as it now reads with my comments:

On May 11, 2006, the District 211 Board of Education approved the best offer received in the District’s request for proposals for electric and natural gas.

It has been reported over and over again and even, I think, stipulated in the court filings, that there were no written requests for proposals issued by the District. At best, I believe that a District 211 employee made some phone calls. So I think it is a significant exaggeration to refer to “the District’s request for proposals”.

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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.

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.