Reaching High: District 186 pushes for academic excellence

Superintendent Jennifer Gill, who’s been running the district since 2014, doesn’t shy from the numbers or make excuses.
“I have to own it,” she says. “To be honest, some of it (test statistics report) was hard to read.”

Gill says that she’s determined to make things better. Toward that end, she’s brought in Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), a Seattle-based nonprofit group that operates on a simple premise: Skin color doesn’t determine intelligence and all kids rise to expectations.

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