Grayslake Curriculum Change Rejected

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Byline: C. L. Waller Daily Herald Staff Writer

Parents in Grayslake Elementary District 46 pushing for a change in curriculum were given a push back Tuesday from voters in an advisory referendum.

With all 24 precincts counted, unofficial vote totals showed 2,217 votes in favor of District 46 adopting a curriculum called Core Knowledge, while 3,138 voted against the idea.

The referendum was a culmination of a year of debate about what children in the district should be taught.

District 46 school officials contend the referendum was simply a way to circumvent a curriculum review process now in place. Core Knowledge representatives are on the district's math and science curriculum review committees.

However, Core Knowledge supporters said the referendum would have safeguarded content in the district, a content more specific in what each student is expected to know at each grade level.

Those supporters, calling themselves Friends of District 46, organized to put the referendum on the ballot.

Friends president Sarah Surroz said Tuesday the outcome of the vote shows "a significant number" of people want solid academics in the district. …