Pass, Fail: Free book event promotes reading, School Dist. 428 principal loses job

By Abby Zaccaria


NIU held an event in which families learned about free community resources and participate in educational activities earlier this month.

Literacy on the Lawn allowed community members to meet popular children’s book authors and receive free books.

I think this was a good idea because it encouraged children who read to read more and got children who don’t like reading interested.


One DeKalb school board action that I do not like is the firing of Shahran Spears, Brooks Elementary School Principal.

Although DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 board did not provide a reason for firing Spears at a June 15 meeting, she faced seven charges from the board two weeks prior. One charge in particular stated she used her district procurement card to buy books with religious prayers to give to some of the teachers for staff appreciation week.

It is wrong for the school board to ire her because she gave the books to the teachers as gits, which means that they didn’t have to accept them or use them if they did not want to.