Page Recently Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis spoke of the Peoria School system saying ,
The quality of our education system is the number one factor influencing our ability to grow Peoria, and we're not going in the right direction." In a subsequent interview, the Mayor stated regarding education: "We have to do more and we have to
do it better,”"...right now Peoria's public school system is holding the city back."..."Make no mistake about it, we're not going in the right direction,”...“People are not coming int
o our city because they think it's a good education system. You can't put lipstick on the pig." The Mayor does at least two things with what I consider to be incendiary statements. First, he blames local educators, administrators and vicariously the children and families of the district themselves for the problems in and with the education system as he perceives them, and second, our Mayor blames the lack of community economic growth and development on the same set of individuals. In essence, it seems that the
is that if all persons associated with the education system were better, or if the education process were better, then the City could advance economically and become more attractive to new families, talent and individuals considering relocation. I would ask, could someone please wake this Mayor up? He seems to have reached paradoxical sleep, otherwise known as REM.
Although the Mayor tried to clean up his statements by saying that the teacher’s do their work without “applause” and that the board has had “
many things laid at its feet for years
”, the Mayor’s reconciliation
of the economic advancement or non-advancement of Peoria is revealed to be nothing more that the blame game played out openly.
I and we won’t simply allow him to place the economic failure of large
segments of Peoria upon District 150
s educators and administrators many of whom are performing up and above the call of duty every day in order to impact our children and vicariously uplift this community.