The problems plaguing the Plainfield Public School District run deep and wide, like summer weeds. They reach back decades, rooted in poor oversight of the budget and in a curriculum that fails to match students’ needs.

More recently, a fifth school was added to those that are failing (in status). Charter schools have sucked millions from the budget. And three out of four children attending our schools are Latinx, with a significant number who speak little English and have difficulty reading and writing in their native tongue.

Fortunately, the school board hired a superintendent who has implemented several improvements. But at no time in recent memory have our administrators and board designed and carried out sustainable improvement at all levels.

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Enough is enough!

Plainfield, it’s time for reform. We must clear out the old to see the new. We need new voices, people from all sectors—board members, educators, parents, seniors, even students—to collaborate to solve these problems. Your student needs you now to reform education in Plainfield and to support those on a mission to reform the system.

We must act now.

How? In whatever way you can: volunteering, voting, working with friends and neighbors. It will take dozens, hundreds, thousands of new voices and new ideas to weed out the old so new solutions can see the light of day.