900 Absentees on New Trier’s Progressive Dogma Day
 
900 Absentees on New Trier’s Progressive Dogma Day
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   03.06.17

In an October 2015 article about attendance rates in Illinois School District 60, the Chicago Tribune reported  that “average daily attendance is up from 92 percent in 2010 to around 94 percent in 2014, and it hovers about equal to the state average, according to state board of education data.”

So the state daily attendance average is about 94 percent, and according to New Trier High School officials, student attendance on the controversial All-School Seminar Day on race was 77 percent. According to the North Cook News, more than 900 students were absent. Retiring superintendent and spinmeister Linda Yonke stated the obvious that attendance “was lower than a regular school day.”

Not to worry though about the popularity of dogma day because Linda Yonke also claims the low attendance rate was expected “for a day like this when there were no tests or homework assignments.”

Riiight, the 900 absences had nothing whatsoever to do with the whiz-bang, taxpayer-funded “progressive” phantasm that included over 100 sessions and 38 speakers (who were paid collectively about $28,000)–none of whom were discernibly conservative in perspective. I’m still hoping someone will find out how many of the speakers “identify” as conservative.


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Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins became the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer in the fall of 2008. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois. Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites nationally and internationally, and Laurie has appeared on numerous radio programs across the country. In addition, Laurie has spoken at the Council for National Policy and educational conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition. She has been married to her husband for forty-four years, and they have four grown children and nine grandchildren....
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