CUSD 200 School Board Candidates – Found on FaceBook

We found an endorsement on Susan  Booton’s Facebook page for the four Union-pick-their-own-boss candidates, followed by a very partisan attack against the slate of candidates who want to open the schools full-time for in-class education.  She writes “By accepting this partisan endorsement for a non-partisan position, this slate of candidates demonstrate that they embrace…” I wonder, is Ms. Booton really that unaware of her own partisan actions?

How many of you think it is “fair” that we are paying FULL-Taxes for public schools that are providing only part-time education?  How many students are falling behind?  Why isn’t the district pushing back against un-funded state mandates, and changes to curriculum that are politicizing education while leaving less precious class time for  the basics like Reading, Writing & Arithmetic?  It is time to pay attention, & VOTE!

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“Clean Slate” endorses two for COD

Six years ago, you helped elect the “Clean Slate”, to bring some sorely needed reform to the College of DuPage, which was suffering under some very difficult times. We accomplished a lot over the past 6 years, instituting many policy changes including adopting the recommendations from the State Auditor General and returned the College of DuPage to full accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

Now, all three of us, Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano and Charles Bernstein are endorsing two candidates to provide continuity to the exceptional progress the college achieved over our term of 6 years; Heidi Holan and Andrew Manno. Together Heidi and Andrew will continue these reforms and best practices, focus on Student Success, and defend the Taxpayer’s dollars that the institution is entrusted with.

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CUSD 200 candidates

We searched the internet for what the Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD 200 School Board Candidates are saying about themselves.

Kevin Nickell, Angela L. Blatner, Michael Evans, & Amanda J. Spans

Steven E. Gross

Mary Yeboah

Anjali Bharadwa

CUSD 200 candidates for 2021 School Board are:

You can find the list of candidates for School Districts in DuPage by Clicking on the unofficial candidate list for April 6, 2021 on

https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Candidates_and_Campaigns/37053/

There are 10 candidates running for four seats on the Wheatn-Warrenville School Board:

Brad Paulsen (incumbent)
Rob Hanlon (incumbent)
Angela L. Blatner,
Michael Evans,
Amanda J. Spans,
Mary Yeboah, (ran in 2019 as well)
Anjali Bharadwa,
Steven E. Gross
Tom Paulsen, (not related to Brad Paulsen)

Kevin Nickell (added to blog 2/9/2021 – Sorry I missed him on the original post)

As we find information about each of these candidates it will be posted.

Give Taxpayers a Break

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”

Test Scores Down – 1st all Common Core H.S.

I sent the following to (Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200 board members today 11/1/2019)

To:board@cusd200.org

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.”

School cost per-pupil

On 10/30/2019 The Daily Herald published an article about the per-pupil cost of schools, the following is a summary of some key facts from it:

“While the average per-pupil cost at a typical suburban preschool is $15,250 and median cost is $13,814, the top five suburban early childhood schools are spending roughly $30,000 or more.”

Type (suburban) Average per-pupil expense Median per-pupil cost
Pre-schools $15,250 $13,814
Elementary Schools 14,545 $13,986
Middle schools $14,377 $13,991
High Schools $14,612 $13,905

Top per-pupil pre-K

  1. Ann Reid in Naperville D203, $36,633
  2. Jefferson in Wheaton D200, $34,969
  3. Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, $34,274
  4. Queen Bee in Glendale Heights, $33,751
  5. Rondout Elementary in Lake Forest, $31,491
  6. Geneva 304 Early Learning Program, $30,875.

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D200 PR spending – authorized?

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:

Is it legal for D200 to spend taxpayer money on gifts and Donations?  We believe the answer is NO!

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