District 47 PERA Test Cheating Charged

A former Crystal Lake Grade School employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, has filed a complaint concerning the way tests were administered in the district. In the fall of 2012, the employee supervisor was notified that “cheating was taking place … Continue reading

Teacher Salary Spikes

The Chicago Tribune’s Education superb Reporter Diane Rado has examined the cost to local taxpayers of school boards that increased teachers’ salaries more than allowed by law just before they retired.  Her main article can be found here. Reported in … Continue reading

33-Year Old Arrested for Middle School Sexual Abuse

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office: Woodstock Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Assault and Abuse Andres Gamez, 33, of the 8100 block of Castleberry Drive in Woodstock, was arrested Wednesday and charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated … Continue reading

Taxes for Schools, This Year & Last Year

Since schools comprise the bulk of property tax dollars, I thought some might be interested in seeing how they changed from last year to this year. Although the percentage change column is labeled “% Change + of -” the first … Continue reading

Incumbents, Plus D155 Union Negotiator Seem Headed for Victory in D47

Only four out of fifty-four precincts have their results posted for the Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 contest, but the two incumbents running for re-election, plus the past Crystal Lake High School union negotiator seem headed for election. The … Continue reading

CL Teachers’ Favorites

The following comment left by “Nobody” is not completely accurate.  I have indicated where mistakes occur: The comment did, however, inspire me to take a look at the candidates that Crystal Lake Grade School District 47’s and Crystal Lake High … Continue reading

Northwest Herald Keeps Encouraging School Consolidation, which Would Cost Tens of Millions

Late last week, the Northwest Herald praised Crystal Lake School District 155 and its four elementary school feeder districts for holding a meeting for a meeting for all grade and high school teachers. Nothing wrong with that. Articulation between the … Continue reading

Replay: School Consolidation Would Cost Taxpayers Plenty

With the Chicago Tribune pumping for school consolidation in its editorial on education, I thought it was time to re-run the article I wrote almost four years ago when Governor Pat Quinn advanced the idea. The numbers will have changed … Continue reading