"I am a parent of 2 teen daughters who are presently being homeschooled and I used to teach within this school district. During my tenure there, as teacher, I worked with several very hard-working, and conscientious people and students through the years of 1998-2002. Some have retired, but many still are employed. After 9/11 attitudes seemed to change, in my opinion. This was not a better environment, as cameras, locks, job cuts, and other restrictions were imposed, with the explanation of "safety". Safety was not better, but worse, as issues continued to go unresolved. I took another teaching position in 2002 was a welcome change. They were also faced with the same pressures to lock down, budgets, etc. This helped me realize that the issues Manteno faced was not a local issue, but beyond. We now live in Manteno, we face choices: homeschool, private, or public? There is not "part-time" enrollment, including clubs, sports, PE, or art an music. It is either full time or nothing, which doesn't lend toward any collaboration. Unless there is a crisis, I am against locking down public places, so our girls do not have access to public education."
"This site says there are 14 students per teacher, its more like 25. The bullying is not taken as seriously as should be and the lack of respect that the adults show students and adults is unacceptable in any environment."