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School District U-46 Reviews

Updated December 28, 2016
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School District U-46 Superintendent José M. Torres
José M. Torres
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  1. "Superintendent"

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Special Education Teacher in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Bilingual Special Education Teacher in Elgin, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School District U-46 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great person very competitive and very open minded.

    Cons

    A lot of complication during his service at the district.


  2. "Dual language teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School District U-46 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay work whit studen knoleged

    Cons

    Time, Profecional development stress


  3. "Client's (the teachers) are great, caring people. IT environment is a bit CYA-ish/political-ish."

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    Current Employee - Level I Tech in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Level I Tech in Elgin, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at School District U-46 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Teachers and principals are fantastic to work with. They are very caring and compassionate people who are eager to cooperate.

    Cons

    IT supervisors, middle management, and upper management create a CYA/political environment that does not seem to reward or care for those that think for themselves or make decisions best for the teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your experienced people more, allow room for growth and mistakes, do not micro-manage, and especially do not discourage by looking for their mistakes or weaknesses--use those things as opportunities to encourage, empower, and grow them. GET OUT OF THE CYA MINDSET AND DO SOMETHING GREAT WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION.


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  5. "shabby treatment"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at School District U-46 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary schedule is high, compared to most of the U.S. for public schools. Worked cordially and happily with 100% of direct peers. Always some outrageous administrative initiative to stir up controversy and usually hilarity, such that there's never a dull moment in that respect.

    Cons

    The current state of U-46 is the combined result of at least a couple decades of three trends: (1) the 'accountability' movement that basically blames teachers for all that is wrong with U.S. society and thinking that if only we make life more difficult and unpleasant for teachers, then that will somehow fix things; (2) the ongoing erosion of societal norms and (yes) moral standards that have been chronicled by people stretching from Moynihan in the 1960s to Charles Murray in the 2010s; and (3) U-46's tendency to promote only the least innovative, least intellectual of toadying lickspittles into administration.

    The end result is a system that is actually hostile to high achievement. Principals' job security and compensation is based on number of students enrolled in AP courses, but whether students actually 'pass' the exams is not part of the formula, so teaching to high-bar AP standards is discouraged--or simply not allowed, by way of reassigned staffing--if it is thought to discourage high AP enrollment. Then AP teachers brag in meetings that they don't assign homework, which makes homework impossible to assign in any other course. But with the scandal of 'standards-based grading,' students have learned that nothing is really expected of them, anyway. Many seem to see school as a sentence that they are serving, and as long as they keep a low profile they will be rewarded with a diploma. Much talk and hand-wringing about sending students to college, but very little attention to delivering high-school-appropriate instruction that would actually help them succeed in college: responsible attendance, non-reluctant reading, competent writing, a driven work ethic, emphasis on English as the world's language for success.

    Mediocrity all around. From teachers, more is punished. From students, nothing more is asked. For administrators, it's a prerequisite.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap standards based grading immediately. Moratorium on new initiatives piled on top of old initiatives. Emphasize Standards of student behavior and mindset (like what I hear about the best urban charter schools, for example) as a prerequisite for eventual success in meeting learning standards (common core or workplace readiness or otherwise). Drop the presumption that college is good for everybody [if I had a young child now, I would strongly doubt whether I would encourage his/her own college attendance--maybe after age 24] and instead teach a good, strong high-school-appropriate curriculum. Hire and promote ambitious go-getters rather than warm bodies who can also coach, and then trust them to do the right thing.


  6. "NCLB Program Support Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsport, PA

    I have been working at School District U-46 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere. Great mentorship

    Cons

    Extremely complex position in relation to the compensation offered


  7. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Elgin, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at School District U-46 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to pick when you want to work most of the time. Bonuses for extra substitute teaching in the later months of the school year. Good pay, lots of work.

    Cons

    There was not any real sort of training to speak of. Just one meeting where everyone (teachers, bus drivers, nurses) are called together to get their identification badges. Certain schools in the district are rough.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to do a better job of providing information to new substitute teachers. Work-life balance is excellent, though I cannot recall any specific perks being provided.


  8. "Worked in the heart of the organization."

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    Former Employee - Mid-level Administrator in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Mid-level Administrator in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School District U-46 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are caring people. The benefits are very good. The work-life balance is good. If you have kids this a good organization while they are young.

    Cons

    This is $400 million dollar business run by people who were teachers, then became principals, then became district administrators. More than 80% lack operational and business acumen. Money is wasted because they have failed to "learn" or "educate" themselves on the business aspects. Affirmative action is pushed over qualification even though I benefit from AA. I have colleagues who should not have been promoted but where for AA reasons. If you aren't a teacher there is no real professional development.


  9. "Little fish, big pond"

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    Former Employee - Sign Language Interpreter in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Sign Language Interpreter in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School District U-46 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to transfer between schools in special ed positions. Staff was mostly friendly. Variety of students to work with.

    Cons

    Considerable lack support from supervisors in special ed program. In fact the supervisor seemed to be extremely overloaded and overworked. No mentoring for the “lesser” positions. Staff outside of special ed seemed clicky and judgey.


  10. "Corrupt."

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Secretary in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District U-46 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working for a school district where every ones' goal is to assist children succeed academically is great in theory; however, that is not the case in U46

    Cons

    The reality is the union personal rule the school system. Unions are similar to gangs; you pay dues and your bullied.

    Advice to Management

    Non-union officials need to listen to union members filling complaints.
    Personal sitting in high ranking positions need to lead by example.


  11. "Horrible School District!"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District U-46 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice students and families, good colleagues. If you want to be left alone and held to a low standard, this is the place for you!

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy--everyone at he district office is just spinning their wheels---what they do has no impact on the schools, except when it is harmful to students. Poor pay and treatment of teachers who come from other school districts---teachers are not given full credit for other experience.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the teachers who have experience in the areas where you do not. Make smart, data-informed decisions. Start prioritizing students. Stop being afraid to take risks and try something drastically different. Test scores are horrendous --it is going to take major change to turn things around.


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