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Guest Essay: Leaning Forward on Equity in District 65
We have much to celebrate in our schools. I recognize how fortunate District 65 is to have a team of the best and brightest educators, a community incredibly supportive of its public schools, and so many families who are deeply engaged in their student’s education. ... Yet, we still have students, and disproportionately students of color, who are not getting what they need from us.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Guest Essay: Not Just Celebrating Diversity:Working Collectively to Achieve Equity
Evanston celebrates diversity. This is a community where we choose to live and send our children and grandchildren to schools with students of all races, of different socio-economic backgrounds, and from many different cultures and countries.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
D65 School Board Approves $125 Million Tentative Budget for FY'18
On Aug. 21, the District 65 School Board approved a tentative budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 (FY’18), the first budget that incorporates the additional $14.5 million in revenues that became available through the April 4 Referendum.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Update on State Funding for Education
The Illinois House was expected to vote on whether or not to override the veto on ­­­­­Aug. 23, but on Tuesday evening, Aug. 22, House Speaker Michael Madigan cancelled plans for State representatives to return to Springfield to vote on an override. People suspect that Speaker Madigan lacked the 71 votes needed to override the veto
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Rebeca Mendoza Appointed to D65 School Board
The District 65 School Board voted, 4-0, to appoint Rebeca Mendoza to fill the vacancy on the School Board created when Omar Brown resigned on July 7, citing work and family commitments.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Jalisco In Evanston
The annual Jalisco in Evanston celebration will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 31 in the main auditorium of Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. The theme is “México en el Corazón.”
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Nature of the Achievement Gap at District 65, And the Scope of the Opportunity Gap
While Figure 1 reflects that District 65 has one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, Dr. Reardon’s study shows that black students in District 65 have, on average, scored significantly better than black students in Berkeley and Atlanta, and better than 78% of the school districts in the nation. In addition, in calculating the socioeconomic status (SES) rating for black students in District 65 that is shown in Figure 1, Dr. Reardon used a median income of $55,535 for black families who had students attending the District. District 65’s free-lunch data, though, suggests that the median income of black families with students attending the District may be two-thirds that amount. In addition, in calculating the socioeconomic status (SES) rating for black students in District 65 that is shown in Figure 1, Dr. Reardon used a median income of $55,535 for black families who had students attending the District. District 65’s free-lunch data, though, suggests that the median income of black families with students attending the District may be two-thirds that amount.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Schools Will Open on Time Despite State's Mess
“District 65 schools will open as scheduled on Monday, Aug. 28, and we look forward to welcoming our students and staff back for the first day,” Paul Goren, Superintendent for School District 65 told the RoundTable, “Yet, it remains critical that both parties reach an agreement as soon as possible. Like other districts, State funding is an important component of our budget. Without the passage of a new school funding formula, the consequences will have a significant impact on our fund balance and the referendum resources we have reserved to balance our budget in future years. We will continue to monitor this situation."
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Algebra Information Sessions For 8th Grade Families
This summer, the District 65 School Board approved a shift in algebra programming for the 2017-2018 school year. Families of 8th grade students are invited to learn more about the shifts in Algebra placement, including an overview of the new Algebra EXCITE class, and to ask questions.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
RWD (Ricky Wilson Day) Summer Music Program is a First Time Hit
Jennifer Francis came up with the idea of initiating a summer camp experience for Evanston middle school-age students as a way to honor the memory of her son, Ricky Wilson, a graduate of Dewey, Nichols and ETHS who loved music and life. Ricky Wilson was shot and killed in 2011, shortly after he had found his calling as a mentor and counselor to troubled youth.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
New Report Finds Race and Income Are Still Strong Predictors of Achievement, But School Effectiveness Makes a Difference
A new report, “Upstate/Downstate,” by Paul Zavitkovsky and Steven Tozer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, analyzes how changes in low-income enrollment and school effectiveness have impacted student achievement in 709 Illinois school districts in the period between 2001 and 2016.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017



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