I sent the following Letter-to-the-Editor to the Daily Herald on 4/21 – They never published it. The Board passed the ordinance on 4/28/2020. I’m glad they did, but disappointed in the details.
Give Taxpayers a Break.
On 4/14/2020 Robert Sanchez wrote an article titled: “DuPage County Board members appear to support a proposal to waive late fees for residents unable to pay their property taxes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Then on 4/17/2020 a follow-up titled “DuPage schools concerned about impact of potential property tax delays.” According to the second one, “A letter signed by 34 [school] superintendents asks county board members to consider ‘important facts’… Educators are concerned that removing late penalties could lead to delayed revenue for districts and force several to do short-term borrowing just to make payroll.”
That statement comes across as greedy and tone-deaf. Worse yet, I believe it is FALSE. Continue reading “Give Taxpayers a Break”
I sent the following to (Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200 board members today 11/1/2019)
All of these “experts” were wrong.
[T]he class of 2019, the first to experience all four high school years under Common Core, is the worst-prepared for college in 15 years, according to a new report.
Common Core is a set of national instruction and testing mandates implemented starting in 2010 without approval from nearly any legislative body and over waves of bipartisan citizen protests. Continue reading “Test Scores Down – 1st all Common Core H.S.”
This is a follow up to a previous post on PR spending:
That was not the first time this type of spending has been brought to the board’s attention. See:
- It’s for the kids – 2017 Staff Celebrations
- CUSD 200 Celebrations https://dupagewatchdog.org/2016/07/23/cusd-200-celebations/
Is it legal for D200 to spend taxpayer money on gifts and Donations? We believe the answer is NO!
New Law in Illinois – LGBT History
HB0246 101st General Assembly signed into law on 8/9/2019.
Effective July 1, 2020.
Synopsis “With regard to the textbook block grant program, provides that the textbooks authorized to be purchased must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act. Provides that textbooks purchased with grant funds must be non-discriminatory. Provides that in public schools only, the teaching of history of the United States shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.” [highlighting added]
“The U.S. Supreme Court and virtually all state courts have recognized that the police powers of a government to impair contractual obligations for a higher public good, the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and its continued financial survival, cannot be waived, divested, surrendered, or bargained away.”
“Illinois was the last of the four states not permitting public pension reforms. In a series of Illinois Supreme Court decisions in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Illinois stood singularly against any modification of public pension benefits that would diminish or impair benefits of current employees and retirees. == we need to change that! Illinois must reform to remain a functioning state.”
Yes, I am supporting Harold Lonks for Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200 School Board. He has been attending school board meetings for years. He asks questions and has brought a variety of issues to the board’s attention. He has helped groups understand how to successfully negotiate with the district when issues arose. He is a very caring and helpful individual who listens well and will keep us informed.
Leave the other two blank.
His Walk Card:
For part 1, see d200-citizens-advisory-council-cac
I put in a FOIA for CAC meeting minutes since the last batch we had received. The CAC met on
- April 18, 2018
- September 19, 2018
- October 17, 2018
- December 19, 2018
- January 23, 2019
Mrs. Vitone spoke at the March 13, 2019 board meeting (starting at 19:35)
“… I recently submitted a FOIA requesting the budget of the PR department plus all its receipts, and I got to tell ya, that FOIA got my blood boiling…”
Wheaton’s state Rep, Amy Grant has submitted a bill, HB2145 and Palatine Rep. Thomas Morrison has submitted a bill, HB2738 (virtually the same), to close the “loophole” that district 200 tried to use to avoid the referendum for a new Jefferson pre-school building. Other districts have already done this, and we fear it may be catching on like wildfire. If school boards can build new facilities without referendum by signing a lease-to-own agreement, then issue debt service extension base (DSEB) Bonds, without a referendum to shore up their general revenues (raising future taxes to pay then back), we are in real trouble. Using the magic word “Lease should not void the clear intent of the original law that requires a referendum for new construction.
I submitted written comments (similar to this post) with my witness slip in support of HB2145.