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Old 12-30-2011, 12:49 AM
 
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The answer is clearly do not send your child to a public school in Cook County because of the dulution of talented teachers. The posh 5-stars schols will cost dearly in propertyl taxes because that is what partially funds local schools. The balanace is picked up by the state and federal governments. Will County might be better as their schools are nearly funded 100% by property tax; urgo there surely is better teachers and better qualified teachers.

There is plenty these reports do not divulge. What is the effect of No Child Left Behind on any school? If you like an area talk to the school principal and the chief of police. If you don't theur answers or their attitudes look elsewhere. I've lived long and in many places. In my experience I learned more about a town by driving on side streets, going to local grocery store and taking to the residents, and reading yellow pages in the phonebook, than I ever did in a forum or from the school prinicpal. They want your child for the matching funds.

Three of my beloved in-laws taught Illinois schools for a total of 100 years. Two worked Joliet schools and theought the kids got a pertty good education. Both recently retired. Not every kid in a 5-star school succeeds and not ever kid in a C school fails. Somewhere in the mix are good teachers who love kids and want them to be the best they can be and parents who are involved.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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I much prefer the objective compilations of data than anecdotal accounts of "good teachers"...
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