Having volunteered in the Oak Park school system for over 25 years, several things seem like common sense, but that isn't very common anymore.
First, in speaking with an educational specialist who spent some time working on reducing the achievement gap, he discovered that high schools that do not have the administration of the students from kindergarten through 12th grade are at a huge disadvantage and you can't find any models of success. If we had one school district, then the administration would realize very early in a child's education where additional resources were necessary.
Second, in considering the discipline problems and the desire for equity and equality, it seems that uniforms would be a great help in reducing the problems reported. There is both some jealousy and perhaps some contempt in how some students perceive how their peers dress. From what I have read, many schools that have switched to uniforms find minor discipline problems and some bullying down over 50%. Wouldn't that be delightful? Maybe we wouldn't need all the additional staff.
Perhaps a committee of former school board members and retired educators could review the information available and offer up some solutions that will save money and attain the desired goals.
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