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Evanston, IL: '[District] has not kept pace with the number of kids who desperately need resources'

Mar 23, 2018, Evanston (IL) Now: Goren: Harsh political climate spills over into schools http://evanstonnow.com/story/education/jan-smith/2018-03-23/79492/goren-harsh-political-climate-spills-over-into-schools Evanston/Skokie District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren says the current political environment is partly to blame for a near doubling of suspensions this school year. District 65 administrators say suspensions through December reached 80, compared to 42 in the same period last year. … There was also an attempt to ratchet up the alternatives to suspension program, in which social workers work with children and parents to try to address root causes instead of just suspending the kid. … Paula Zelinski, president of the Distrct 65 Educators' Council, says more kids are coming to school in crisis. “Our teachers have faced a growing challenge to serve students who may not be responding to classroom-based interventions,” she says, “and the district’s response has not kept pace with the number of kids who desperately need resources and supports.”