Here is the comment the Lakemoor woman posted on this article about Regional Supt. of Schools Joe William’ decision to retire prior to taking elective office on July 1, 2011:
I’m glad to see the concerned and questioning comments. The Regional Office of Education statutory duties can be found at http://www.mchenry.k12.il.us/statutory_responsibilities.html. I believe the responsibility of the elected official is to work for the cause. Quitting the position over a policy change does nothing.
If individuals resign for personal reasons or feel they can no longer do the job, I respect that.
On the other hand, I do not respect it as a power play.
How does the course of democracy work when you retreat from the values you are quitting over?
The bottom line to me is that I know there are students in McHenry County that need my help and I know there are educators too.
One of the requirements for the position is a Superintendent license.. which I have. That comes with an ED. S. (Educational Specialist). The degree is on the wall. I have not used Ed. D. professionally; I was just telling Cal my background.
NIU told us when we pass our Doctoral comprehensive exams; you could use Ed. D. A. B. D. even though I have chosen not to. Your right that there is debate about the use of it in academia. However, I have not, nor will I use it that title professionally. I will verbally state the facts, and that is a fact.
More importantly, my dissertation topic is on alternative education. This topic is close to my heart as well as an important component of the R.O.E.
My strengths for the position are my B.S. in Economics as well as my M.A. and M.S. and ED. S. in Education along with my business and education experience.
As a 41 year old property owner, parent, and an educator of McHenry County, I want to know the office is creating a positive impact.
I know if I’m appointed, the public will see and hear what is being accomplished on the behalf of the County.