Wednesday, June 12, 2013

School Funding with Rep. Elaine Nekritz

Dr. Taines listens to Amber from KPHS
Today, we met with State Representative Elaine Nekritz (D) of the 57th District in her office in Glenview. Rep. Nekritz was kind enough to give us over an hour of her time, and she was impressed by the level of commitment our students exhibited in a Q & A session. Both Kelvyn Park and New Trier students attended. Some of what we discussed included:
  1. Education inequities 
  2. Illinois state budget problems
  3. Income tax reform
  4. Property tax reform
  5. An education task force (forming in the General Assembly)
We appreciate the advice that was offered by Rep. Nekritz, and also how the students emphasized the American promise of democracy in all spheres of life.

Misba (NTHS) asks some tough questions while Hannah, Hannah, and Rep. Nekritz listen
Mr. Kucharski asks his own questions

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Metro Celebration Agenda

From Dr. Taines:

Hi everybody, below is the agenda for this Saturday that Juliet and I worked on. Let us know if you have any revisions. Please spread the word to the students!

Thanks, Cynthia

Metro Community Preliminary Agenda
Saturday, June 15, 2013

El Nañdú Restaurant
2731 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

  • 10:30 am: Students meet at the vans at New Trier
  • 11:30 am: Welcome and teachers’ reflection (Tom & Sean)
  • 11:45 am: Empanadas! Salads! (everyone) 
  • 12:30 pm: Web of connections activity with reflection question: How has it impacted you to work with students from another community? (Juliet) 
  • 12:45 pm: Update on legislative visits (KP/NT students & Tom)
  • 1:00 pm: Talking, dessert (everyone)
  • 1:30 pm: Departure

Just for a frame of reference:

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