Roger Finnell retires after 59 years

Oak Park Chronicles

Would do 92% of it all over!

Roger Finnell ’59 has spent the past 59 years teaching math at Fenwick, which he calls “his second home. And to him, his classroom looks rather lived in.”

Mr. Finnell, who turns 80 in June, is retiring after this school year. “If I had to do it all over again, I’d repeat 92% of it …,” he tells the Oak Park Wednesday Journal.

A judicious statement!

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Teachers playing hookey

Chicago Newspapers

Oak Park:

Two Oak Park District 97 schools have switched to remote learning after returning from winter break this week, citing staff absences as the main reason for the change. With school set to start Jan. 4, students from Longfellow Elementary and Percy Julian Middle schools are asked to shift to e-learning until Jan. 5, according to an email announcement sent to district families over the weekend.

Chi-town:

(Bloomberg) — Chicago schools have canceled instruction for Wednesday after the teachers’ union voted to shift to remote learning, escalating a clash with city officials.

The result of an electronic citywide ballot showed 73% of the members of the Chicago Teachers Union were in favor of the action, according to its posts on Twitter. Mayor Lori Lightfoot wanted to keep the U.S.’s third-largest district open amid nationwide staffing shortages as Covid-19 cases surge. City officials have called the step illegal…

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