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    Posted: 27/April/2011 at 8:20am
interesting situation developing between D209 and the Review.
 
aside from the specific case/teacher the review is FOIA'ing, seems the head team is pouting.
yes, the most unresponsive entity in our universe is rankled at the lack of good stories on their monumental failure.
 
or perhaps i'm being unfair. LOL
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote citizen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/April/2011 at 8:34am
and here's the news story (link above is editorial):

"Bob Cox, a Forest Parker who is retiring this spring as D209 board member, affirmed that some district officials refuse to speak with the Review, because of the newspaper's critical coverage in the past. He added that there needs to be more of a balance between the paper's positive and negative coverage of the district."

no, no, a thousand times no!
this contrived and self-serving mentality (fair & balanced, false equivilancy) has succeeded in creating the most uninformed electorate in the history of this country.
we're dumb as doors on any/all issues more complex than sports scores.
don't waste your ink - or our time.
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From the Editorial:
"The district objects to our coverage suggesting that we are unbalanced in our view and overlook positive stories in the schools. Here's the odd circumstance. The Forest Park Review is a newspaper with a single reporter and a primary focus on covering events in Forest Park. Proviso High Schools include a wide swath of the near west suburbs and the schools draw virtually all their students from towns other than Forest Park. That is a sad, historical reality we've written about for decades. The truth is, though, that when we write softer school news stories we write them about Forest Park kids in District 90 schools not about a high school student from Hillside."

Does the district's PR spokesmodel send out press releases? Since she "earns" three times what the Review's reporter does, you'd think she'd be papering the only local press with daily blasts of good news. Since the article and the editorial mention not just a lack of communication, but also a reluctance to provide information when specifically requested, what we have here is a failure to communicate?

OTOH, that's some serious rationale twisting by the Review editorial writers. We don't "cover" the district, but if a story comes our way...?

Still, it would seem that District 209 has gotten what it has always wanted. A clear field to control the message. Where there used to be many local papers there's now only one and it is not particularly invested or interested in covering 209 unless it crosses the ludicrous threshold into WTF? territory. No news is good news?

Consider that the Board President's effort to control the message; "The Proviso Insider" where the last posting concerns the magnificence of the busing program LAST MAY? I guess that means everything's been just peachy! They have students and funding and buildings and funding and control. Nothing to see here... Move along.

We're back to, "Where would one look for stories about 209?", besides the blotters that is...

Another eighth grade class is poised to scatter to the four winds... Business as usual. The 209 braintrust is getting their ducks in a row to hire "turnaround experts" and tap into NCLB funding. The Governor signed the "sweeping" reform bill... That oughta fix EVERYTHING!



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btw, this isn't Ms. Kennedy's first rodeo.

She's been to the dance

before.
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