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Editorial: Faint Hope in a Summer of Divisiveness
The summer of 2016 may well be remembered as one of drastic shootings and divisive rhetoric that brought our country to a very low point. The vicious shootings in Dallas, Orlando, San Bernardino, and Charleston, to name only some, may leave us stunned and speechless for a time.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Room for a View: Almost Halfway to Where?
The season is half over and the Cubs are looking good. Not as great as early on when they were sizzling and surreal,  but still good enough, though currently tired and questionable, to go all the way...if the baseball gods be kind.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Room for a View: Soothing the Soul

I recently went to California for an extended visit. When I left Chicago, it was almost 90 degrees and humid.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Guest Essay: The Silence is Deafening
Unlike United Airlines and its flight attendants’ union, in Evanston, both District 65 and ETHS District 202 and their respective teachers’ unions are keeping mum on the status of labor contracts.  While we understand not negotiating in public, the appearance of “we support District 65 teachers” signs raises questions about contract status.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Editorial: Calculating the Risk
They put it all on the line, our Founding Fathers, when they signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In this extraordinary document the 56 signers explain why they feel a new government is necessary and the extent to which they were willing to go to establish it:
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Room for a View: Our Nation: Being and Becoming
These are the times that try men's souls.” Thomas Paine's words in 1776 live just as loudly today. Our nation is in crisis, and its future is being shaped by a political Babel that is testing the texture of our democracy. Every citizen needs to pay attention to what is going on and realize the importance of his and her voice, now and especially in November.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Room for a View: 'Colored' Just the Same
June 30 is the birthday of the late singer, actress, and activist Lena Horne.  Ms. Horne was born in 1917 and died on May 9, 2010.  She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but she lived in a variety of places with a variety of relatives during her lifetime. 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Editorial: We Oppose SB1, It Is Inequitable and Will Severely Harm School Districts 65 and 202
Illinois’ system of funding education is broken. But it is not broken because many school districts, such as School Districts 65 and 202, have been paying high property taxes to fund their schools. It is broken because the State legislature has shirked its responsibility under the Illinois Constitution to adequately fund education.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Editorial: We Urge the D202 Board to Set High Expectations in Defining 'College Readiness'
One key question is whether the Board will aim at preparing students to obtain a C or to obtain a B or higher in freshman year of college. This decision should be made in the context of grading practices in four-year colleges, where 77% of the grades given are As and Bs. We encourage the Board to aim at preparing students to do at least B-level work in college.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016



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