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Schneider Ties Student Success to School Rankings

North Shore Congressman, who has been reaching out to students since January, calls local academic achievement a reason so many of Illinois’s top schools are in the 10th District.

Since taking office in January, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) has visited six schools in the 10th Congressional District and met with students in other places including his offices in Washington and Lincolnshire.

When asked by students at Learn Charter School at Great Lakes May 3 about educational opportunities, Schneider was quick to point out students from the District attend nearly half of the state’s top 20 high schools.

“Nine of the top 20 public high schools in Illinois educate students from the 10th District,” Schneider said referring to the fact local schools were ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News and World Report.

Those schools are Deerfield High School, Stevenson High School, Highland Park High School, Lake Forest High School, Vernon Hills High School, Libertyville High School, New Trier High School, Glenbrook North High School and Glenbrook South High School.

On Tuesday, the same schools also made the list of the nation’s best in a survey conducted by Newsweek. Though New Trier, Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South are not located in the District, many of their students live there.

“These schools are a large part of what makes our communities strong, and we must dedicate ourselves to bringing more and more Tenth District schools into the top tier of nationwide rankings,” Schneider said. “Every student, regardless of zip code, should be able to receive a quality education.”

Schneider spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this week letting his colleagues know students from Elm Place Middle School in Highland Park took first place in the Illinois Future Problem Solvers Bowl recently to advance to June’s international competition. They are partnering with a girls’ school from Jordan.

“Their project—Tefkiir—connected them with a girls school in Jordan and began an exchange of books and educational materials. Quickly, the students realized how much they all have in common—how much more binds us than separates us,” Schneider said. “These students, half a world apart, started this project together, and that’s how they’ll finish it.”

Technology is also playing a role letting Schneider reach out to students. He did a Skype session with seniors from Grayslake Central High School. The students sent him question ahead of time and they had a give and take during the Skype session.

“I had a great time answering their questions and discussing the issues we face,” Schneider said. “These students are growing into active citizens who aren’t afraid to voice their opinions and speak out for what they believe in.”

In addition to talking to students in Grayslake and Great Lakes, Schneider has been to North Chicago High School, Stevenson High School, Solomon Schechter Day School, the Round Lake Early Education Center and has talked to people participating in the Mikva Challenge.

None of this includes events he has attended at Deerfield High School as a parent since January.

Nancy H May 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Whatever happened to the profession of journalism where reporters were charged with asking, obtaining and reporting on answers to the hard questions on issues that actually impact people? What are our elected officials, like Brad, actually DOING? These are staged appearances reported as "news." Sorry, Reg, but puff pieces like Brad at the Deerfield HS pizza thing are embarrassing puff, photo-ops. Patch, keep them coming because it really demonstrates how Washington mostly just "works" on it's 24/7 campaign for the next election more than helping to DO anything. And Reg - please you must come up with better name-calling. The "whiner" thing is getting boring.
Mary T. May 14, 2013 at 01:26 AM
It seems that he sends his kids to public schools. That`s a good start considering. As I understand it some of our local representatives at city level don`t do that. He seems to be demonstrating a faith in public education.. I do feel talking about the role of journalism is pertinent. The Patch and local newspapers where sent numerous requests to highlight the Tefkir project a very noteworthy endeavour in our anti - Islamic times. Considering the nature of this little corner of the world what do we expect a representative Republican or Democrate to be focussing on? Local failing restaurants? Lakecook road road works? emerald ash borers? IDoT chopping down some trees but then leaving the job unfinished to go and do who knows what...? Let the man praise our schools. I don`t mind.
Sully May 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Are you just figuring this out about the media, Nancy? Or are you saying journalists only throw softballs to the democrats?
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dold's supporter May 21, 2013 at 09:23 PM
You can't because they'll get you for entrapment (I gave my contact information) but nice try. Why don't you contact ex-Congressman Dold, he is creating bad-paying, bad-conditions jobs at his dad's company :) Even better, why don't you make sure you didn't donate to Dold before you decided to ambush Schneider...you know, Dold might be drown into this mess you want to create! Cretin.

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