Recently the Chicago Tribune published some interestingfacts about the conditions surrounding Illinois Public Schools. Lake ForestHigh School D 115 shows up in expected and unexpected ways. In terms of costper student, D 115 ranks second in cost per student at $22,003 per year andfirst in administrative salaries at just north of $175K. In results from thePrairie State Achievement Examination, which includes the ACT college entranceexam, D 115 students achieved a grade 82.7% vs. Stephenson 86.1% , Hinsdale87.3%, Deerfield 90.6% and the top, Northside College Prep HS at 99.5%. Once again, we discover little correlation with cost andoutcomes. In other words, contrary to all liberal and elitists’ mantras,throwing money at education will ultimately fix the deplorable state of mostpublic education is a false premise. It never has and never will, solve thedilemma of poor performance of our public schools. I also ponder, with D 115 teachers and their union’spreoccupation of doing battle with the Board Of Education and the communityover their compensation and benefits and the prospects of a strike, did notcause a distraction from their primary function, educate the students? Thesetest results cause one to wonder.