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Illinois Schools’ Strengths, Weaknesses Exposed in Statewide Survey

Like educators across Illinois, Bolingbrook High School teachers were asked to share candid observations about their administrators as part of an anonymous state survey earlier this year — and they didn’t hold back.

About 70 percent of the teachers surveyed disagreed or strongly disagreed that their principal is an effective manager; that it’s OK to discuss frustrations with the principal; and that a member of the school leadership team “knows what’s going on my classroom.”

Those responses and more were considered so negative that Bolingbrook High tied for the lowest score in the state — a 2 out of 99 in the category of “effective leaders.” And that’s just for one component of a survey that exposes the inner workings of public schools.