Let the forums begin

Chambanamoms posted an article about the school board candidate forum marathon that starts this Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Mellon Center:


This first one is put on by the PTA Council and moderated by Brian Minsker. Better yet, it will be televised on CGTV 5 for those who still have cable – not sure if it will go up on Vimeo for the rest of us, but I will ask.


Champaign School Board Forum Flyer 3-9-2015The marathon continues Thursday morning (March 12) at the Hilton Garden Inn ($10 if you want breakfast) from 7:30 – 9:00 am, put on by the Chamber of Commerce. That evening, the LWV, NG and NAACP will host a forum at the City Building from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. There is a bit of a breather until the last one I know of, March 19th from 7:30 – 9:30 at Mount Olive Baptist Church (meet & greet starts at 7:00 pm).


If you know of others, I am happy to post them. However I am thinking the candidates are already hard pressed just with these four events. In fact, some candidates have already mentioned they will be missing at certain forums (pre-existing conflicts).


What I have found from my own interactions with candidates is that we have a very strong pool of good people. I am hard pressed just to choose four of the eight 4-year candidates. Take your civic responsibilities seriously and take the time to at least read about each candidate; you can start on the candidate page I have been putting together:



UPDATE: The time for the forum at the Mount Olive Baptist Church was changed (from 6:30 to 7:30), and I also received a flyer which I attached to this post.

Referendum discussions; candidate endorsements

The Young Dems North End Breakfast Club and NAACP have called a Town Hall Meeting this coming Sunday (March 15); the first item on the agenda is about an hour of moderated discussions on the Unit 4 $144 bond issue referendum item (2:30 – 3:45, moderated by Imani Bazzell and Patricia Avery). The meeting will take place at the Douglas Community Center.


There is a fair amount of confusion surrounding another potential forum on the referendum; board member John Bambenek tells me that Unit 4 actually did respond to the initial email from the League of Women’s Voters, but only to say that they had a conflict on the suggested night. I expect that within the next day or two, we will have more information that will clear this up, and perhaps another (third?) forum.


UPDATE: Nicole Lafond has a late-night response to the KCC invitation:



Lastly, I have compiled endorsements for school board candidates into a table for easy cross-reference; I hope to add a couple more soon.

Couple of announcements/opportunities from Stephanie Stuart

Last week, Stephanie sent out a notice that the League of Women Voters will be hosting a session on the November 4th referendum tonight:

The League of Women Voters will host a public meeting on Tuesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at the Champaign Public Libarary. Superintendent Dr. Judy Wiegand will provide information to attendees regarding the upcoming referendum and answer community member questions. All are invited to attend.




Additionally, a couple of enterprising Central teachers will be hosting an informative and fun session on Math for parents and students next week:

What?             Math 4 Moms and Dads

Where?           3rd floor of Champaign Central High School

When?             6:30pm to 8pm on September 25, 2014

Who?              Parents of Central High School math students
Central Students are also welcome

Why?              While technology has greatly impacted the look and feel of the mathematics classroom over
the last decade, a greater shift in the classroom has been spurred by the Common Core State Standards.  In our classrooms, your child should be part of a collaborative learning process allowing him or her to connect new information to prior knowledge, to delve deeper into information, and to demonstrate mastery of content through multiple opportunities for solving and sharing understanding.  We hope you will take this opportunity to experience mathematics as your child does.

More Info?     http://centralmath.org    click on Math 4 Moms & Dads

Contacts?        Lindsay Polarek and LaDonna Fletcher



I am highly unimaginative today. Here are a few things floating around my radar.


1. Bristol Place Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters:


What’s happening to Bristol Place?
A forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters Champaign County

April 29, 2013
When: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Champaign Public Library: Robeson Meeting rooms

Come join us to hear about the origin of the current Bristol Place project, plans for the demolition of Bristol Place and the relocation of current residents. A panel composed of city staff and involved citizens will answer a moderator’s questions followed by an audience question and answer session.

Panel members:
Rev. Eugene Barnes, Founder/Executive Director of Metanoia Centers
Kevin Jackson, Neighborhood Services Director, City of Champaign
Rachel Phillips, Masters Candidate, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois”


2. Chicago Students boycotting school for a day to send a message:


Today many Chicago students will not be in their schools. One of them has written this, explaining the reasons why.


3. WICD ran a short clip about TALP (suspension alternative):



4. April 17th video of Dr. Alan Kalmanoff on the county jail issue (1:53:40, youTube):