We are petitioning the Glen Ellyn District 41 administration and board members to stop the district-wide implementation of the proposed Think Tank initiative to our elementary schools for the 2013-2014 school year. At this time, the D41 administration has not officially communicated a detailed timeline, only that the implementation phase will begin with the 2013 school year. However, several presentations to teachers and parents have indicated the intention of a district-wide rollout of the initiative for the 2013-2014 school year. This is of great concern to many parents and members of the community.
Why is the administration rushing this plan in light of a retiring superintendent and possible loss of four board members? Why are we implementing a model that has never been piloted? The Think Tank initiative needs to be stopped district-wide until more research has been conducted, a practical plan is in place, all key stakeholders (teachers and parents) are on board with the changes, and the final model has been piloted.
While some members of our community may not be entirely opposed to the Think Tank initiative, we believe the overwhelming majority of Glen Ellyn D41 taxpayers would support a delay in the district-wide implementation of the initiative beyond the Fall 2013. If this model is unsuccessful at a district level, it could negatively affect our children as well as our property values. We ask that you stand with us in support of our petition.