March 29, 2011 1:14PM
Name: Thomas Hysell
Address: 664 Naoma Drive, Crete, IL 60417
Date of Birth: 9/18/45
Education:B.S. in Bus. Ed., Easter Illinois University
M.S. in Bus. Ed., Easter Illinois University
M.S. Ed. Admin., Purdue
CSBO, Northern Illinois University
Occupation: Regional Administrator for ISBE, Career Preparation Network
Sources of Income: CPN, TRS.
Spouse: Karen, retired
Children: James, Purdue, Westville Campus
What other elected offices have you sought? None
Have you ever been arrested or charged with a crime? No
Do you have any criminal convictions? No
What are the two most important issues facing your constituents?
1. School Financing: Work within the limited confines of the educational system of Illinois to maximize available dollars for educational opportunities. I want to maintain the level of education (and increase opportunities if possible) without raising property taxes.
2. Improving Student Performance: The role of the Board of Education is to set policy and act as financial oversight for the district. In setting policy I push for increased opportunities for student programs and increased communication with parents. Our students face the challenges of the technologically driven twenty-first century, and we must change and adapt the current educational system to meet those challenges. We must prepare students for jobs that do not exist today and to solve problems that have never existed before.
Explain a significant accomplishment in 2 years.
See #2 above.
How can the office I seek create local jobs?
It won’t do that, it will prepare the students of today for the careers of tomorrow.
Do you believe the current way Illinois pays for education is working?
No it is not working. Schools are being short changed and the disparity in funding is abominable. Using local property taxes for school support insures that those with local wealth will have more, and those with less will have less. The state must find a way to meet its obligations without demanding more of the local home owners.
Other Issues: Education for today’s students needs to change drastically to meet the demands of a rapidly changing workplace. Our students must have both strong math and language skills (reading and writing), they must also have strong technical skills to succeed. Currently we produce far too many students who do not have the technical skills demanded by the workplace, and we must change to provide that education.