Supporting a local classroom

First and foremost, we are thankful to our community for the outpouring of support and the generous offers of financial assistance. While Parents Care is not currently accepting financial contributions, we would be honored if you helped sponsor a local teacher instead.

February 06, 2023

What Did Charles Dickens Say About Lake Bluff Schools?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" opens the Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens offers a fitting open for Parents Care's trend analysis of Lake Bluff School District 65's academic performance.

February 02, 2023

A Kid That You Know

School leaders closed our schools a couple of years ago because of an emergency. It may feel like the emergency is over. But, it is not over. State Board of Education's Illinois Report Card reveals that we are squarely in a quiet educational emergency. The statistics are stark.

January 27, 2023

Exec Director Answers Quesitons

Thank you for the tremendously positive response to our recent mailer. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do our best to manage the many incoming emails and phone calls, overhaul and upgrade our website and technological infrastructure, and settle into our new offices.

January 25, 2023

Follow us on Social Media

As Parents Care continues to expand and grow, we invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, so you never miss an important update or breaking news on your child's school.

January 18, 2023

Parents Care Executive Director in the News

Recently Parents Care's executive director, Mr. Frank McCormick, was featured on AM 560's Morning Answer (here) and 

January 12, 2023

The Hidden Snake Bites in the High School's Budgets

 "Red on yella, kill a fella. Red on black, a friend of Jack."  – Old Saying About Poisonous Snakes

January 09, 2023

District 67 & 115 Admin Spending is up 38% over last year

The Illinois State Board of Education released its School District Report Card and Data Set in October 2022. One metric it measures every year is each District's spending on Administration. 

January 02, 2023

Op-Ed: A Parent's Call to Action Against Rising Truancy - Andy Vitt

Local parent Andy Vitt submitted to us a must-read call to action for all of us to join the fight to ensure kids are in the classroom. Thank you, Andy! 

January 01, 2023

New Years Resolutions

Do you have any New Years' Resolutions for 2023?  We think 2023 has the potential to be a major turnaround year for our local school districts and students (read here about troubling declining academic performance). 

December 29, 2022

Kabuki Theatre

Last week, the Lake Forest High School District 115 and Lake Forest Elementary District 67 mailed magazines to every Lake Forest and Lake Bluff home. 

December 22, 2022

Other States Taking Notice of Parents Care Efforts

Good News Travels Fast! In the wake of D115 being called out by the Chicago Tribune, I responded to many calls and emails from local and national news outlets eager to learn

December 20, 2022

Tribune Eye Raising Article About School Bond Referendum

In case you missed it, check out the Chicago Tribune's eyebrow-raising coverage of Lake Forest D115's bond referendum HERE.

December 19, 2022

Frank McCormick Named Executive Director of Parents Care

Parents Care is tremendously excited to announce that our board formally approved the appointment of former teacher and education activist Mr. Frank McCormick to the executive director position.

December 12, 2022

District 115 Board Meeting Report - December 6th

The District 115 school board had an extraordinary final meeting of the year on Tuesday, capstoned by the approval of a $104.6 million bond referendum for your vote on the April 4th ballot.

December 08, 2022

Call for Submissions

ParentsCare is calling on community members, students, teachers, admins, and board members to share their thoughts relating to education issues concerning Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. 

November 30, 2022

Good Money After Bad?

We understand that the Lake Forest High School Board District 115 plans to vote to put a $105.6 million bond referendum on the April ballot at its next board meeting on December 6th.

November 30, 2022

Troubling Academic Performance at Local Schools

The Illinois State Board of Education released its School District Report Card and Data Set in October 2022. The data reports various academic performance scores at all public schools in Illinois. Here is a summary of local results: 

November 22, 2022

Giving Thanks

This week we present the elementary school grade-level proficiency scores. As a reminder, these scores are as reported by the Illinois Department of Education annual School Report Card released last month.

November 22, 2022

LFHS 5th Highest Per Student Spend in the State

The Illinois State Board of Education released its School District Report Card and Data Set in October 2022. One metric it measures is per student spend by School District. Here are our local results: 

November 19, 2022