Arlington Heights Daily Herald - Jan. 29, 2015

By Erin Hegarty

Suburban Republicans are getting ready to unveil measures they say could prevent big buyouts like the $762,868 the College of DuPage board gave President Robert Breuder.

State Reps. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton and Ron Sandack of Downers Grove will be joined by other DuPage County lawmakers Monday when they announce the new legislation aimed at taxpayer-funded severance packages.

For starters, Sandack wants to ban boards from using state money to pay for severance deals like Breuder's.

"If local boards want to cut deals like this, they can, but they can only use local dollars," Sandack said.

Sandack also wants to move community college board candidates off the spring ballot, which they share with candidates for other local offices. Instead, he'd like college trustees to be elected every other November, during higher-profile elections, to increase voter turnout and interest in the races.

Ives wants to give taxpayers two weeks to see proposed contracts being offered to top public officials before boards can vote to accept them.

Ives has also called for a performance audit of COD's finances going back to 2011. The resolution to conduct the audit already has more than 50 bipartisan sponsors, Ives said.

Ives said these proposals are not final, and "not all of us have signed on to everyone else's bills." And there could be more plans announced Monday.

Democrats have gotten in on the act, too. State Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo wants to cut the amount of state money COD gets. State Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park wants to keep names like Breuder's off government buildings. And state Sen. Melinda Bush of Grayslake wants to cap the value of severance deals for public employees.

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Libertyville Review - Jan. 27, 2015

By Community Contributor rgirard

Two of the speakers at the Jan. 23-24 workshop, The Impact of Culture, Social Status and Gender, are part of the Mundelein High School family. Held at Northwestern University and at the College of Lake County, the workshop, attended by more than 250 participants, examined how culture, social status and gender shape students and local educational systems. Keynote speaker at both events was Dr. Hazel Markus, Davis-Brack professor of social psychology at Stanford University.

MHS Science Instructor, Jackie Hogan, spoke about the Role of Gender and Minorities in STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] education. Luis Fuentes, president of the high school's Universidad de Padres program, related information about the challenges that people face adapting to the American educational system. He explained that programs like Universidad de Padres are essential to building partnerships among schools, parents and teachers.

Other speakers included Sen. Melinda Bush, member of the Illinois Education legislative committee; Dr. Connie Collins, superintendent of Round Lake Schools; Lauren Fagel, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Lake Forest Schools; and Dr. Miriam Sherin and Dr. Mesmin Destin of the Northwestern University faculty.

"With the pressure to reduce student growth and development to a number, teachers want to make sure we are being sensitive to the fact that each of these children is an individual," said Andy Hirshman, Illinois Education Association Board member and MHS social studies instructor.

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