Many districts have already started, including many suburban schools. Then there are Catholic schools and the changes, closures and consolidations brought on by the archdiocese. And, our neighbors in Northwest Indiana are dealing with a new state funding formula and a shortage of teachers.
There are two Maywoods in Illinois. One is a 2.72 square-mile small town nine miles west of downtown Chicago that has produced a circus of raw talent ranging from NBA players to activists, folk singers and Emmy award winning actors. The other is a Chicago suburb with a little less than 25,000 people struggling with crime, blight, housing issues, poverty, changing demographics and identity.