After the board set August 14, 2013 as next year's starting date, district parent Tammy Schultz started an online petition asking the board to reconsider. An earlier draft of the district calendar had set the start date a week later, mostly due to a survey which found parents favored a later start by a 5-1 margin. More than 600 names already have attached to Schultz's petition. The district cited balancing the semesters and administering exams as reasons for the early start. Is it time for D203 to reconsider? Is the start date too early? Have parents been unfairly ignored?
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Looks like this topic has life again. Just how much are teachers getting?
Looking for the highest-paid teachers? Don't look in Naperville. Districts 203 and 204 don't even crack the top ten. Or the top 25. In fact, they barely make the top 100. So is Naperville a bargain after all? What do you think?
It's been 20 years since Naperville Central switched from Redskins to Redhawks. Many alumni still wax nostalgic for the Redskins nickname and you still can buy clothing with the old nickname. Are you a Naperville Central grad with thoughts or memories about the Redskins issue? Do you think the name should have been changed? Should the five high schools in Illinois still calling themselves Redskins have to change their names? Share your comments.
The Naperville School District 203 Enrollment Capacity Study Group already has drafted a couple of boundary maps. But many in the district are not happy. Or at the very least they are very concerned. What should the study group be focused on and how should the district's facilities best be utilized?
Share your thoughts.
About 50 local teachers from school districts 203 and 204 are headed to the state capital Wednesday to make their voices heard on legislation that affects things like teacher negotiations and tenure.
If you were a teacher, what would you say to state officials? If you were a state official, what would you say to the teachers?
Rather than let this be an offshoot of the School Report Cards thread lets move the conversation here.
The district voted to approve its 2010 tax levy and taxes are going up for district residents. Most will see about a 2.4% increase over last year.
No one in the audience Monday night spoke about this issue. Anyone feel like talking now?
As recounted in a story in Wednesday's Sun, many schools in the area are withholding certain activities from high school seniors who have not paid all their fees. At some schools, this means they cannot attend prom. At others, they can't march in graduation.
At Waubonsie Valley, students won't march in graduation if their fees aren't paid up. In District 203, one student in the past didn't receive a diploma until his bills were paid. At Naperville Central, about 90 students owe money from past unpaid fees, current year course changes, classroom books, athletic fees and equipment. The school has sent out an average of two to three notices since January that these fees are owed. At Naperville North, 110 seniors have outstanding balances totaling $10,874.
Local schools say they understand the economy is making it harder for some families to find the money for fees and that they are willing to work with families who have trouble paying.
What do you think of the policy? Do you agree with withholding things like prom or graduation from students because of unpaid fees?
Read the full story here: http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/napervillesun/news/2208640,6_1_NA28_GRADFEES_S1-100428.article
Recently, President Barack Obama said American students need to spend more time in school to stay competitive. According to the president, students in other countries spend 25 or 30 percent more time in school than American students.
District 203 and 204 don't have any plans to lengthen the school day or school term, and District 203 is bound to its current school year by its terms with the teachers union. Also, factors like bus scheduling have to be taken into account.
Despite the objections, do you think Naperville students should spend more time in school, either with additional days in the school year or more time per day spent in the classroom?
President Barack Obama will be addressing school children across the nation on Tuesday. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, "The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible, so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens."
A recent email from District 203 indicated that parents could contact the school if they wish their students to be exempted from the broadcast. Reportedly, Jefferson Junior High will not be showing the broadcast. Do you find it unusual that parents are being offered the chance to opt out from a broadcast by the president? Is this something every student should see, or is there a reason you wouldn't want your child to view the speech?
The Sun recently published profiles of the candidates for school board. What do you think? Here is the place to discuss them.
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