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District 65 and DEC Reach Tentative Agreement
Paula Zelinski, President of DEC, told the RoundTable that she made a presentation on Nov. 28 to DEC members about the tentative agreement and that a vote will be taken on Dec. 2. The District 65 School Board is scheduled to vote on Dec. 5.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
EC2C Adopts Equity Statement, Considers Ways to Give More People a Voice in the Process
On Nov. 18, representatives of many partnering organizations in the Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) initiative met at Evanston Township High School and approved an EC2C Equity Statement.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Enrollment at ETHS is Highest in 30 Years
There are 3,393 students enrolled at Evanston Township High School this year, the highest number recorded in 30 years, according to the annual Opening of School Report presented to the District 202 Board at its Nov. 14 meeting.  This is a 71-student increase since last year and a 238-student increase since 2012-13.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Kiwanis Recognizes Scholastic Bowl Students
The Kiwanis Club of Evanston recently honored two members of Scholastic Bowl at Evanston Township High School. Their advisor, Ryan McLaughlin, introduced Jakob Reinke and Alec Jacobson.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
'WE' Foundation Launches Program at ETHS
Hecky Powell and The Forrest E. Powell Foundation have announced the launch of a new non-profit organization, the Evanston WE (Work Ethic) Program, specifically designed to help career and technically-minded Evanston Township High School students with professional prep, certification, and career placement.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
ETHS Dancers Partner with NIU
Evanston Township High School launched a partnership with Northeastern Illinois University last spring as part of an engagement program with Philadanco Dance Company.  Northeastern was awarded a $3,600 grant from Arts Midwest Touring Fund for an outreach performance at Northeastern with local K-12 schools in October.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Inspire Evanston Robotics to Hold Lego Competiton
Evanston Robotics will hold a First Lego League from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 at King Arts School, 2424 Lake St.  This event will be a regional qualifier for this international competition and the first time Evanston has ever been a host.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
NEMC Hosts Coat Drives to Support ESCA
The North End Mothers’ Club (NEMC) recently held several coat drives to assist ESCCA in their dire need for snow jackets and snow pants.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
ETHS Receives Funding for Urban Agriculture
 ETHS’s Edible Acre is a community garden where students produce and harvest food as part of the school’s urban agricultural curriculum. Organic produce from the Edible Acre is used in the student cafeterias and sold at the Evanston Farmers Market. E-Farm funding will help expand these efforts.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
District 65 to Host Financial Information Sessions
District 65 will hold two information sessions on previous budget balancing strategies and spending as well as potential options for addressing projected deficits through continued reductions or revenue increases.

Monday, November 28, 2016
School District 65 and DEC Reach Tentative Agreement
The District 65 School Board and District 65 Educators’ Council are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on a new teachers’ contract. This represents nine months of hard work by both teams. After more than 34 hours of marathon bargaining over the past several days, an agreement was reached at around 4am this morning.
Monday, November 21, 2016
D65 Teachers Still Hold Strike As An Option
DEC President Paula Zelinski said that although District 65 and DEC have had six bargaining sessions with the federal mediator, “the teachers have not seen movement that is sufficient to our needs and to the needs of our students.” When asked if DEC will strike, Ms. Zelinski said, “We’re doing everything we can to avoid it.” She said, though, DEC plans to issue a 10-day notice so they will be prepared to go on strike on Nov. 29, but added, “Just because you issue the 10-day notice doesn’t mean you have to strike. “The next two bargaining sessions are extremely important,” she said.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Superintendent Presents Context for District 65's Grim Budget Outlook
Several factors contribute to a structural deficit at the District, in which expenditures continually outpace revenues. These factors include State-imposed tax caps that are tied to the consumer price index (CPI), the frozen State budget, increases in student enrollment, teachers’ salaries increasing at a pace faster than the growth of the CPI, and increased demands placed upon school districts.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
District 65 Board Hears Report on Summer Programs
Good reads, STEM experiments, pre-algebra, and drama were among the summer program offerings for students in general education programs at School District 65. Some were offered by the District; others by community partners; in all the 19 summer programs served 1,857 students, according to information presented at the Nov. 14 School Board meeting.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Course Changes at ETHS Include Emphasis on Writing, Civics
A total of 50 courses may be changed for the 2017-18 school year at Evanston Township High School. The District 202 School Board will decide on Dec. 12 whether to approve the addition of 32 new classes, the deletion of five and the modification of 13 at its Nov. 14 meeting.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Capital Improvement Program Approved But Funding A Different Matter
A five-year capital improvement plan to fund $27 million in repairs and upkeep for the 60+ acre Evanston Township High School campus was approved by the District 202 School Board at its Nov. 14 meeting.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Evanston/Skokie Schools Collaborate with NU's Science in Society Center
On Nov. 7, hundreds of participants and guests attended a culminating Northwestern University (NU) and Evanston Townsgip High School (ETHS) collaborative art and science event held in the high school auditorium gallery.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Kiwanis Club Honors Superintendents, Students
The Kiwanis Club of Evanston recently honored Dr. Paul Goren, Superintendent of District 65, and Dr. Eric Witherspoon, Superintendent of District 202, as recipients of the Hixson Award.  The Hixson Award  is given to individuals who have contributed outstanding service to the club and/or the community in which they live.  Dr. Goren and Dr. Witherspoon join former mayors Jay Lytle and Lorraine Morton as well as current mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Northwestern president Morton Schapiro as Hixson award winners.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Candidates for School Boards Must File Papers Between Dec. 12 and 19
In the April 4, 2017 elections, voters will elect a total of five persons to the District 65 School Board and a total of three persons to the District 202 School Board.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Fusion Academy to Open in Evanston
After opening schools in Lake Forest and Oak Brook, Fusion Academy is preparing to introduce two additional campuses, one in Evanston and the other in Lincoln Park in Chicago.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
D65 Explains Its Offer To DEC
The Board, Administration, and the District 65 Educators’ Council (DEC) leadership have worked intently since February to reach a fair and financially sustainable contract that honors the hard work and dedication of our teachers.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Do Race-Based Stressors Contribute to Achievement Gap?
Race-based stressors have psychological and physiological effects on the body, which may contribute to the racial-ethnic achievement gap, new Northwestern University research suggests.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

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