You’ve probably heard the famous quote attributed to Mark Twain: There are three kinds of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics.
The opposition candidates (the “Final Four”) have launched a war of the third kind: statistics. We all recognize that you can find a data point to support almost anything you set your mind to – and if you can’t, you can swap in a personal story to tug at people’s emotions. It’s been remarkably easy to debunk most of their claims.
It’s time to start talking about what this election’s REALLY about. Here’s how we see it.
- The opposition wants to fire the principal. There’s ample evidence that the non-caucus candidates want to get rid of Dr. Chala Holland, the wildly successful and popular new LFHS principal, because she doesn’t “fit” in our community. They were the engine behind the disgraceful public displays of intolerance and inflammatory rhetoric at the two meetings the school board held in June 2015 to allow public input in the hiring process.
- They want to roll back recent data-based initiatives in student instruction. The non-caucus candidates want to reinstate “skills, intermediate, college prep, honors, and AP” as the levels of classes offered. Do you know what it was like to be a kid assigned to a Skills-level class? Those students weren’t fooled by the name – they knew they were being labeled as the “dumb kids.” In essence they were being told, “Don’t even try, you can’t possibly succeed.” Instead, these students are now being challenged to extend themselves academically and are given the support to succeed, whether they have an IEP or just need a little help getting started. Honors and AP classes are still offered – indeed, expanded – for those who can challenge themselves further. The form of “tracking” the opposition is so fervently advocating is just a way to establish an elitist hierarchy in our schools at the expense of the majority of our students, and our community shouldn’t stand for it. Lake Forest High School is an elite school in its own right, and all of our students contribute to it.
- The opposition wants to remake Lake Forest High School in their own image. Although the “Final Four” are clearly intelligent, well-educated individuals, they have beliefs about education that are outmoded and don’t meet the needs of 21st-century students.
The purpose of public schools is to do what’s best for the greatest number of students. LFHS does that by hiring a team of highly qualified professional educators who can guide the school toward data-based educational best practices. The opposition rejects proven best practices, believing they know better.
It’s up to the voters to see through this regressive agenda. Choose the candidates who have a proven track record of guiding responsible, sustainable, and successful innovation while increasing administrative accountability. Vetted by the Lake Forest Caucus and VOTE Lake Bluff, and endorsed by Right Track LFHS, they are:
- Tom Nemickas
- Sally Davis
- Ted Moorman
- Dave Lane
And most important, be sure you do VOTE. Early voting is Mondays through Saturdays, March 20 through April 1, at Lake Forest City Hall; or on April 4 at your assigned polling place.
Learn more at www.RightTrackLFHS.org.
on behalf of Right Track LFHS
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