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posted: 10/24/2011 5:00 AM

IMSA president deserves his pay

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Dr. Max McGee is the poster child for double-dipping in Illinois? He's the second president in the 25-year history of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. IMSA is Illinois' last great hope for keeping the state competitive educationally. It allows the super-bright to stay in Illinois to complete their secondary education, instead of moving to, say, Nevada, to attend the Davidson Academy.

Who better for the job of directing such an important educational vehicle than a retired superintendent (of an excellent school district in Wilmette) and a former superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education? Would it be better for Illinois if Dr. McGee retired from the Wilmette school district and went on to lead a for-profit institution, for pay probably greater than what he receives at IMSA?

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Dr. McGee is uniquely qualified to lead IMSA, given his impressive credentials in education and in leadership. Daily Herald, find someone else to pick on.

Margaret Basch

Arlington Heights

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