On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

ALGONQUIN — More than half an hour before Community Unit School District 300’s informational meeting about Senate Bill 540 Thursday night, hundreds of students already were marching around the Jacobs High School parking lot. They chanted, “No way, EDA!” and “Schools over profit. Stop it!” They wore T-shirts that read “D300 wants EDAs, too: Education Development Areas. They’re called schools,” and, “23 years is long enough.” They carried signs that said, “Is it worth my future?” and “We won’t go quietly into the night.” That’s because “I personally think it’s selfish of them,” Dundee-Crown High School sophomore Akemi Almeida of Carpentersville said. “They know we’re in a deep hole.” Her classmate Dustin Kopp of West Dundee, taking video of the protest on his phone, added, “We’re in deep poop.” That’s because, District 300 has said, an amendment to that Senate bill will cost the cash-strapped school district about $14 million a year. About 3,000 people turned out for the District 300 meeting, a rally against Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 540, which would extend tax breaks for the economic development area around Sears Holdings Corp.’s headquarters in Hoffman Estates. That included students, teachers, parents, administrators, school board members, former District 300 Superintendent Ken Arndt, state senators Michael Noland and Chris Lauzen and state Rep. Mike Tryon. And that’s a crowd District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy encouraged to continue the protest — maybe in Springfield, he suggested, or outside the Thompson Center in Chicago. “We are one school district, and we are one school district that will not go quietly into the night,” Bregy said. For the rest of the story, as well as a photo gallery of the rally, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Rally emboldens D300 in battle over Sears EDA (Sun-Times Media)

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