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Challenge Dismissed, D228 Board President Will Remain on Ballot

Bremen High School District Board of Education President Deb Stearns will stay on the April 9 ballot, after the district's education officers electoral board voted to dismiss several challenges to her candidacy.

Bremen High School District 228 Board of Education President Deb Stearns will remain on the April 9 ballot, following the dismissal of a challenge to her candidacy.

At a Jan. 23 special meeting of the D228 Education Officers Electoral Board, members dismissed resident Steve Szabo's challenge due to a, "failure to state the interest of the objector," one of five motions Stearns's lawyer made to dismiss the challenge at a meeting earlier in January.

“The courts have said there doesn't have to be much of one, but you've got to have one,” said Mike Davies, president pro-temp of the board. “When I review Mr. Szabo's objection, I don't see anything that resembles, or comes close to resembling that issue.”

Szabo was not present at the Jan. 23 meeting, despite notifications. Due to his absence, the four other dismissal motions made by Stearns's defense were moot, Davies said.

Stearns will appear on the April 9 ballot, along with five other candidates. Six candidates are running for seats on the board of education. Stearns said the outcome was what she expected and was happy to remain on the ballot.

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Sue1 February 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM
You can't say he has "seen her do one thing". He alleges she did it. She states that she did not do what he is accusing her of. She should bring a defamation, libel and slander lawsuit against him.
TaxPayer February 14, 2013 at 06:34 AM
I have read Dr. Williams dissertation. I do not think D228 has the proper feeder schools to support this curriculum. They put this and other major changes into play without informing (other than a post on Patch) the parents or asking for the public's opinion on a huge change in the way D228 educates. The students I talked do not think it benefits them. The way they piloted this program, where they excluded the students from Bremen and Hillcrest, is not a true sample of D228. Also the results seem weak and do not seem to justify these changes. When you consider that Dr Lederman, a proponent of Physics First was on her doctoral committee her conclusion may have been biased. What I still don't understand is if this was fine tuned at TPHS why didn't we have text books for our classes?
TaxPayer February 14, 2013 at 07:02 AM
Article from Washington post and today's high schools... http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/09/a-warning-to-college-profs-from-a-high-school-teacher/
TaxPayer February 14, 2013 at 06:43 PM
This physics first fiasco is based on Dr. Williams dissertation while at Aurora University. She forces this on us while canceling our AP Chem course at Bremen. She's looking to make a name for herself at the expense of our kids and I think that is shameful.
MacBride Sandburg February 15, 2013 at 09:01 AM
Williams is an elitist-only cares about the top 5% that is why Bremen and Hillcrest are never EVER part her plans for improvement. This is a Kendall hire-another paid assasin who does the dirty work for him. Someone should ask what Stearns, Kendall and the other stooges have done to help Hillcrest rather than condemn them....

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