Special Report: The $30,000.00 Construction Documentary

At a STARTING cost of $29,424- plus $250/hour- District 115's  "Under the Hardhat" documentary is salt in the wound following Dr. Montgomery's "no fluff" promised $106,000,000.00 tax increase. SUBSCRIBE AND STAY INFORMED The majority of taxpayers agree: Lake Forest High School District 115's recent taxpayer-subsidized publicity stunt- ironically trying to convince taxpayers that their money is being wisely spent- is a bridge too far. We won't be manipulated into "feeling" that our tax dollars are being wisely spent when all evidence shows the contrary.

February 16, 2024

Op-Ed: Rethinking Snow Days

While Chicago winters require schools to balance the importance of school attendance with safety, the administration must update its school closure policies to align their decision with real-time conditions, not a forecast alert. Forecast alerts overstate the impact and magnitude of storm systems due to an industry-accepted practice known as “wet bias” under the rationale that the value to life in overprojecting risks outweighs the inconveniences of public overpreparation. Unfortunately, in their value calculation, meteorological organizations do not consider that school administrations would base closures on advanced alerts and forecasts instead of real-time conditions. However, to be fair, this burden should not fall on meteorologists; we should expect school administrators to differentiate between a public forecast alert and real-time conditions.

January 12, 2024

Community Op-Ed: "Portrait of a District: the Inconvenient Truth"

Last week, I heard an interview with Lake Forest District 115 & 67 superintendent Dr. Matthew Montgomery and District 115 board president John Noble on Lake Forest on Topic, a Lake Forest for Transparency program.  During the podcast, both men defended the disappointing 2023 Illinois Report Card proficiency rates earned by Lake Forest High School (LFHS) students. Mr. Noble downplayed school-to-school score comparisons, highlighting instead successful academic “growth” over the course of a student’s career at District 67 & 115, and Dr. Montgomery, likewise, emphasized a “constant state of improvement” among students. Dr. Montgomery went on to elicit his favorite talking point that, though 35% of students languish below proficiency in Math and Reading, LFHS ranks among the top 10% of Illinois high schools.

December 22, 2023

LFHS: 1 in 3 Students Left Behind

As fathers of children in Lake Forest Schools, we hoped that the 2022-2023 State of Illinois report card would demonstrate what the Lake Forest Schools administration has been emphasizing about 2021-2022's assessment data: that it was just one data point of minor concern. Yet, to our dismay, the release of the 2022-2023 ISBE report card reveals that the current leadership of the Board of Education and Lake Forest administration continues to leave 1 in 3 children behind. District 115 Percent Meeting Basic Proficiency(Per the State of Illinois)

October 31, 2023

A Disappointing"Post-COVID Recovery..."

Next week, the release embargo on the 2022-2023 Illinois Report Cards will lift, and we expect Lake Bluff and Lake Forest Schools to release assessment results soon after. However, a snapshot preview of District 67's proficiency rates has been released, and after careful consideration, we have decided to share our thoughts on the early preview of District 67's performance.

October 25, 2023

Is the District Doing All it Can to Protect Our Children from Sexual Abuse?

In the wake of recent developments at our local high school district, it's become increasingly challenging to determine how committed the D115 administration and school board are to maintaining a safe and sexual misconduct-free environment. Recently, the Board of Education and Administration directed its trial lawyers to plead in Federal Court that the District had "no duty to protect a student who was allegedly sexually abused by a teacher." Thankfully, the court rejected this argument.

October 10, 2023

No Duty to Protect Students?!

It has been alleged by multiple LFHS alumni that Dave Miller- a teacher for over 30 years at Lake Forest High School- sexually molested them while they were students. Now, a recent article reveals that Lake Forest High School District 115 made a legal argument that it "owes no duty to protect a student who was allegedly sexually abused by a teacher."  As community members and fathers, we found this news to be extremely disheartening and disappointing, especially considering that the alleged Dave Miller sexual abuse scandal is not the only such instance of abuse to occur at LFHS.  

October 05, 2023

Introducing our General Counsel

Parents Care is thrilled to introduce the newest addition to our team: Ms. Marina Diambri, of Counsel at Diambri & Vicari, Parents Care. Marina is passionate about advocating and serving for parental and child rights and school accountability. With both her experience and passion, we know she will be an invaluable asset in empowering Parents Care to hold our schools accountable to parents and taxpayers in producing high academic achievement, student-first budgets, and transparency. While we will be working hand in hand with Marina for the betterment of our schools and students' interests, we encourage you to contact her if you have any questions, concerns, or need for her services. Thank you for your warm welcome and support. We strongly encourage you to read her introductory letter to the Lake Forest & Lake Bluff Community below.

October 02, 2023

Lake Bluff Strategic Plan Questions

Dear Parents, Lake Bluff School District 65 recently published an important document called "The Road to Success, Strategic Plan."   CLICK HERE TO REVIEW DISTRICT 65's STRATEGIC PLAN DOCUMENT    We encourage the Lake Bluff community to carefully consider this document and share additional feedback and questions with us by replying to this email. While we appreciate that the District published this document to inform the Lake Bluff community about its vision, several Lake Bluff residents brought some questions and concerns to us, which we agreed merit consideration.

September 29, 2023

Meet our Board President!

Dear Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, First and foremost, thank you for supporting students through your involvement with Parents Care. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to see so many of my neighbors support an organization that, at its heart, is about serving our children.

September 27, 2023

Another New Luxury Parking Lot forAdministration?!

You will recall that a few weeks ago, Parents Care brought to light more exorbitant spending by Lake Forest School Districts 67/115 in the form of a new parking lot at the Admin Headquarters on Waukegan Road.

September 14, 2023

What are they hiding?

There is something seriously strange going on in our district: a deliberate and consistent effort to obfuscate and deny access to public financial records, email communications, curriculum articles, etc. There is no way around it. How can we trust our children to administrative bureaucrats who are doing everything in their power to conceal daily operations inside our classrooms and district offices?

September 02, 2023

Oppose Food Allergy Pilot Program at District 67

Lake Forest School District 67 is testing a new Allergen-Free Pilot Snack Program. Many parents reached out to us concerning the policy, so we investigated. We are sharing with you our letter to the 67 School Board and relevant administrators articulating our opposition and laying out our recommendations for improvement.

August 24, 2023

What is Parents Care 2023/2024?

Hi, Parents! As school began, we at Parents Care thought it would be a great time to reintroduce ourselves and help you better understand our vision, mission, and values. Please send us your comments, questions, and concerns by replying to this email

August 23, 2023

Social & Emotional Learning At Our Schools

This post is part of an ongoing series where we talk about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Schools.  Currently, the information presented by each district is somewhat limited. However, as we continue to advocate for increased transparency and communicate with each district, we will share with you what we learn. Additionally, we will keep you updated as each district grows and evolves its SEL programs.

August 10, 2023

Positive Change at Deer Path Middle School

Community response to email and mailer highlighting misplaced district priorities effects positive change for our children! As you can see below, Deerpath Middle School has recently begun work installing powered exterior doors to be completed in time for the new school year.

August 07, 2023

It's Time to Take Action

It's time to take action for our children! You can access the Parents Care "Take Action" landing page at the following link, where you can do several things to help make a difference. Most importantly, contact your Board representatives elected to represent YOU and YOUR CHILDREN (not administrative bureaucrats).

July 31, 2023

Admin Parking Lot Should Not Be Priority

Administrator's Campus Should NOT Be The Priority Have you noticed all the summer construction over at the District 67 and 115 Administration building on Waukegan Road?  

July 26, 2023

Privacy Violations - The Proper Response

The unauthorized and unfortunate disclosure of students' private data on May 19th was a human error.  Mistakes happen; we get that. Our concern is with the District leadership's lack of response. As we've addressed, the identity of over 230 students on 504 Plans (medical and special education plans) was distributed in a mass email by someone at District 67 last month.

June 22, 2023

Happy Fathers Day

We would like to take a moment to wish all the fathers in our community a happy Father's Day.

June 18, 2023