District 112 Teachers Set Strike Date for Oct. 16

Unable to reach a contract agreement with the District 112 Board of Education, Highland Park's elementary and middle school teachers have set a date to strike.

Still unable to come to an agreement with the school board for its contracts, the District 112 teachers' union has set a strike date of Oct. 16.

District 112 Contract Negotiations: The Story So Far 

The board and the North Shore Education Association (NSEA) met on Oct. 4 for five hours to try and reach an agreement. The teachers have been working without contracts since August. 

"At the opening of the Oct. 4 mediation session, the Board presented an improved economic proposal that kept within its guiding principles of maintaining a balanced budget," wrote District 112 Board President Bruce Hyman in a letter posted on District 112's website

The board's new proposal "showed movement on key issues,  including increased compensation, professional growth payments (lane movement) and a pro-rated formula for Board-paid insurance for part-time teachers," according to Hyman.

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The movement, however, was not enough for the teachers. The contract is still inferior to those offered to teachers in surrounding districts, according to the NSEA. 

"If the NSEA were to accept the board’s proposal, it would seriously compromise the quality of the district," a statement on the NSEA's website reads.

Another bargaining date is set for Oct. 10. Both the school board and NSEA have expressed hope in reaching an agreement then.

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BL October 09, 2012 at 12:22 PM
BL It is noteworthy that while the BOE is busy creating catchy statements and charts with “information” from the October 4 bargaining session, the teachers are busy in classrooms, inspiring and encouraging students during the day and preparing lessons at night. Additionally, the community should question the use of the public district website to present these BOE visuals, and also ask why "information" from ongoing negotiations is being shared. The only official information is the September 21 “final offers” from both the BOE and the NSEA, submitted to the Labor Board.
forest barbieri October 09, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Lou: The teachers do perform those additional duties in less affluent districts. Here they have an exceptional base product to work with. Yes they are valued and a most important part of our children's education. The decent ones merely follow the scripted curriculum while the great ones make it interesting and engaging. How do we distinguish added compensation for the great ones? Do not think those teaching students are thinking about Porsches' or Bentleys. It is a rewarding career not a dash to riches.
Jack Straw October 09, 2012 at 02:33 PM
David Greenburg may be guilty of over posting, but in all the strings he writes, I have never seen him make personal insults about others. Folks may not agree with his ideology but really calling him names.
David Greenberg October 09, 2012 at 09:08 PM
@BL: "It is noteworthy that while the BOE is busy creating catchy statements and charts with “information” from the October 4 bargaining session, the teachers are busy in classrooms, inspiring and encouraging students during the day and preparing lessons at night." How so? The BOE is comprised of elected, unpaid volunteers who have other 'day jobs' besides their activities at the School District. If their schedules allow for them to promulgate statements and charts with information from the bargaining sessions - what's wrong with that? The Public has a right to know, kudos to the BOE for posting that information. That it's on the District's Website is a wonderful thing too. Last I checked, the teachers/Union have a few websites up (the IEA, the NSEA each have theirs) - so they can post information there too. If they want to have people visit their websites - they have avenues available to them for making people aware of those websites: * Write a blog post here on The Patch * Post the website addresses here on The Patch * Send letters to the Editor of the Pioneer Press or TribLocal with the website addresses * Stop by the Train Stations and hand out cards with the website addresses on them * Have a few of the picketers put website addresses on their signs instead of 'catchy statements' (e.g. "Sherwood Like To Keep My Insurance") * Send out bulk mailings to everyone in the District with their side of the story, and links to the website.
Anon. October 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM


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