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Here's a chance to talk about academics for a change, instead of school facilities. With the Illinois State Board of Education releasing 2007 School Report Card data, we learn that three of Naperville's four high schools are not meeting goals of the No Child Left Behind Act. What does it mean?

Too, too scary

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The front page of the Tuesday Sun features a Halloween-themed house, complete with all kinds of fake blood, human faces being eaten by bugs and other very scary stuff. It may all be in good fun but - at the risk of sounding prudish - isn't it a little over the top for Naperville? There are a lot of houses decorated like that, and those same houses will have a lot of toddler-age trick or treaters going up to their front doors to get candy. Do we really want these little kids to be scared out of their wits? Is it just selfish on the part of the adults, or what? Where do you draw the line between good clean fun and scaring little children half to death? Naperville is known as one of the most kid-friendly places in America, but these Halloween houses don't seem to fit that mold. Or, are we just over-reacting?

Courtney Havlik thinks so. Her sister's ex-fiance is about to be released after spending 18 months in custody for arranging a meeting on Naperville's Riverwalk with someone he believed to be an underage girl. Does the time fit the crime?

On Thursday, the Indian Prairie District 204 school board deemed the Brach-Brodie land was too expensive to purchase, but that no other site was more suitable for Metea Valley High School. So, with $125 million in referendum money burning a hole in its pocket, Dist. 204 is headed back to court, to try to change the outcome of the jury verdict that set the price of the Brach-Brodie land at $518,000 an acre.

Naperville School District 203 says a majority of the 400 respondents to its scientific, random telephone survey favor renovating Naperville Central High School, not replacing it. How will this affect the school board's thinking as the deadline nears to place a referendum on the Feburary ballot?

Recently, a "moment of silence" became mandatory in all public classrooms in the state of Illinois. The governor was against the new law but legislators overrode his veto. Meanwhile, school officials in both Naperville districts along with Plainfield have no problem with the quiet time where, as one lawmaker put it, kids can do anything, including "listen to the rustling of the leaves...or the chirping of the birds." Well, what about praying? Because that's where the critics come in with one advocacy group arguing that the law is nothing more than "meddling" with the separation of church and state as guaranteed by the Constitution. And, up in Waukegan, some educators are up in arms over what they see as a thinly-veiled attempt to bring prayer into the public schools. The questions are: Do the kids really need a moment of silence? Does the "bird-chirping" theory make any sense in this context? Or, are we really talking about prayer and not silence at all?

The school board in Indian Prairie School District 204 decided Monday to conduct a survey to determine whether people would support a refrendum to cover the costs of equipping elementary schools with air conditioning. What will you say if they call you?

It was Black Monday for employees of Warrenville-based Neumann Homes, who all lost their jobs when the company decided to seek bankruptcy protection. What does this say about the housing market, and the economy overall?

Evangelist Elmer "Joe" Christopherson of Oswego says Naperville violated his rights to free speech and freedom of religion when he was handed a ticket on Sept. 2 for unlawful display of a noncommercial sign within 10 feet of pavement. Who do you think is right -- the city or the preacher?

Two Naperville North football players were diagnosed with a drug-resistant strain of staph bacteria. How concerned should we be?

If you've got something to say about the proposals to reshape the Martin Mitchell property in the heart of Naperville, now's the time to do it. Because one certainty has emerged from all the possible scenarios: Nothing's going to happen unless voters in Naperville School District 203 approve a referendum.

Now we've seen just about everything a thief can come up with. Nobody - in their wildest dreams - would have thought an automobile's "catalytic converter" would fetch big bucks on the scrap black market. But apparently they do. So are car alarms, panic buttons on remote keys, or any of the new technology worth anything when a thief hellbent to get at your "preciouis metals" can simply take out a wrench, climb under your car and go to work. Many people in Naperville have garages but, in this case, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to do to protect you and your car from these burglars. What can possibly be next - or are the bad guys (inventive, sadly, as they are) - simply going to stay one step ahead of the good guys? And with all the downtown parking in Naperville should we all be worried? It's an alarming scenario

The DuPage County Board chairman proposes a budget that eliminates nearly 250 positions, prompting the chief judge, state's attorney, sheriff and other top department officials to say no way -- it cannot happen. What is going on?

The Indian Prairie School District 204 board reportedly is considering four possible sites to build Metea Valley High School. Does this mean the costly Brach-Brodie land is off the table?

Remember how when Gina Glocksen finished in the top 10 on "American Idol," how there was much fanfare here with the mayor and a plaque, etc. We wonder, what are the chances of there being a "Jes Ricklef Day" in Naperville to honor the local who won VH1's hit reality show, "Rock of Love?"

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir mens' blood." -- Daniel Burnham

Whether you agree with it or not, you've got to admire the scale of the latest plan to rehape 200 acres in the heart of Naperville known as the Martin-Mitchell property.

Karen Kingsbury, a best-selling author of Christian romance novels, tried to give Naperville Central High School's library two copies of one of her books, but the school declined. Kingsbury claims censorship. Central's librarian says Kingsbury's a hack.

By Ted Slowik

Naperville is now one of a handful of cities on the globe where people can take a virtual tour of streets using Google's Street View mapping feature. But checking out block after block of residential neighborhood begs the question, where are all the people?

More than two years after the body of a small boy was found near Naperville, his still-unidentified remains will be laid to rest. Will the mystery ever be solved?

Around Naperville Central High School these days, the latest fashion fad is a T-shirt that reads, "Naperville Central: 'It's a dump ... but it's OUR dump.'" Is this a show of pride, or disrespect?

Ah, Columbus Day. Schools are closed, as are government offices. But banks and most other private businesses are open. Is this a "real" holiday or not?

What topical issue would you like to discuss on Naperville Potluck?

By Ted Slowik

If you're watching Ken Burns' documentary on PBS, you're seeing how the nation pulled together and make personal sacrifices to support the troops during World War II. Though it's been four and a half years since the United States invaded Iraq, some days it's easy to forget we're at war.

School officials say Naperville Central High School is functionally obsolete, and that Mill Street Elementary is too small. What should be done, and who's gonna pay for it?

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