The proposal passed 5-2.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The school board unanimously approved the superintendent's proposal to re-write the freshman Humanities curriculum and give all students the chance to earn honors credit no matter their EXPLORE scores.
Next fall, all Evanston Township High School freshmen, save a few who score below the 40th percentile on the EXPLORE exam, will take the same Humanities courses, thanks to the school board's unanimous approval of Superintendent Eric Witherspoon's earned-honors-credit model. "This not simply about curriculum," Witherspoon said in his final proposal statement to the board Monday night. "This is a restructure of the freshman experience to lessen the harmful practice of sorting and labeling students before they even enter ETHS. … This not a secret plot to some day eliminate honors and AP classes at ETHS." The decision came after a month of school board presentations, public debate and a petition of 442 signatures urging the board to reject the…
Friday, December 10, 2010
On Monday the District 202 school board votes on the proposal to equalize next year’s Freshman Humanities curriculum. Will public comments sway the board to hold off?
"Apartheid." "Eugenics." "Bright flight." Conversation at Evanston Township High School has been heated these past few weeks. It's not the students – 1,245 of whom are white, 916 black, 479 Hispanic, and 248 Asian, American Indian, Hawaiian or multiracial – who have been using impassioned language to describe the education they're receiving, but their parents. ETHS's proposal to eliminate the honors track in freshman Humanities next year (and in biology in 2012) and to expose the majority of freshmen to the same instruction and opportunity to earn honors credit has proponents comparing this school to South Africa. Opponents have expressed worry that filling a classroom of students who score from the 40th to the 99th percentiles on the …