D161 Administrators to Vote on Controversial Teacher Swap

A teacher redistribution may soon be underway at Flossmoor School District 161 if tonight's board votes to give the go-ahead to a proposed plan.

Many parents are on edge after news of a controversial teacher redistribution that may be in the works for Flossmoor schools.

The board is scheduled to vote on the matter tonight at its regular board meeting. Logistics of the redistribution remained unclear Monday around 1:30 p.m. However a letter forwarded from building chairs to parents indicated that officials are discussing moving several teachers to other schools for various strategic reasons, such as a new technology initiative.

"Supt. (Craig) Doster believes the decision is in the district's best interests," the letter said. "He explained that the restructuring is vital to the district's technology plan and getting our most technologically savvy teachers in the grades that will receive the first wave of technology."

Evidence of parental dissent was already visible Monday on the website 161Cares, where polls reflected frustration with the school district. The parent-run site is independent of the district.

Concerned parents also held a meeting last week at . Chief among their concerns was evidence of rational decision making on the board's behalf. Something, they argue, has not been shown yet.

Tonight's board meeting will be held at  and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.


What do you think about the district's potential plan to move teachers?

161 Parent April 13, 2012 at 01:53 AM
mom of 3, did you take them time to consider why one school outperforms the other schools? Do you really think district says "this is a great new teacher; they definitely should go to Western"??? All of the teachers are hired by the same district based on the same criteria. Therefore Western's success cannot be based on the teachers alone. Parental involvement is the key to success. Are you saying that the teachers in the other schools are subpar? I have heard just the opposite - that our entire district is blessed with quality teachers. It's time for all parents to plug into their kids education - both in school and at home. Get involved and see how your school improves. Get your neighbors and friends involved. Invest in your kids and watch them succeed. The teachers are only a part of the equation - no matter how talented they are or what school they teach in.
Big Mama April 13, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Hi Betsy, This data show otherwise: http://www.schooldigger.com/go/IL/district/15420/search.aspx http://www.schooldigger.com/go/IL/district/19530/search.aspx You can use this tool to compare test scores for each school. I would be interested in seeing your data.
Phillip R Baggs April 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The fact that anyone trusts data from Illinois is laughable. Neither district can compare with the progress made at Providence. http://iirc.niu.edu/School.aspx?schoolid=070161530022005 Where is the data? I hope you don't trust Illinois with your pension or college savings. I will end up paying your bills.
Phillip R Baggs April 13, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Whoops, wrong link. Look at the massive improvement... http://iirc.niu.edu/School.aspx?schoolid=15016299025224C
Phillip R Baggs April 13, 2012 at 07:18 PM
They are being shot at and pulled a 91%! http://www.education.com/schoolfinder/us/illinois/chicago/providence-englewood-elem-charter/?page=test-scores


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