Teachers' Strike Ends, Schools Reopen

The Highland Park elementary and middle school board and teachers' union reached a tentative agreement after negotiating for over 14 hours. District 112 classes are back in session.

Update 10/17/12 at 8:05 a.m.: The teachers' strike has ended. All District 112 schools are open.

The school board and teachers' union reached a tentative agreement early Wednesday morning, according to an email sent out by District 112 sent to residents at around 5:15 a.m.

The two sides began Tuesday's bargaining session at noon and negotiated for over 14 hours, according to a Tweet put out by the North Shore Educations Associations (NSEA).

"Going on 14 and 1/2 hours," the tweet read, "Still here."

Details about the agreement have not yet been revealed, but should be available soon, according to District 112 and the NSEA.

Earlier: Highland Park elementary and middle school teachers and children marched in front of a number of District 112 schools across Highland Park on Tuesday on the first day of the teachers' strike.

Meanwhile, the school board and teachers' union negotiated for over ten hours during a bargaining session that, as of reporting time, has not ended. As of midnight on Wednesday morning, no news of a settlement has yet been released.

District 112 Contract Negotiations: The Story So Far

"As of a few minutes after 10 p.m., the negotiations session that began at noon today is still continuing," District 112 Communications Specialist Andi Rosen said in an email to reporters. "Please continue to check the Negotiations Update page on our website for the latest news."

In addition to the contingency programming the district offered, the Park District, City of Highland Park and Highland Park Public Library were just a few of the governing bodies and community organizations to help parents in need of a place for their children since school was closed.

Congregation Solel, for example, invited children to offering children open "studio" time in the synagogue's art room.

If the strike continues on Wednesday, children are invited to help scoop pumpkins at the Highwood Public Works building from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as the town tries for another year to break the record for the most lit Jack-o-lanterns.

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R.G. October 19, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Bev: Play your scenario out. Strike during the summer? The kids are at camp, and the schools are closed. What's the point? How would striking over the summer accomplish anything? The board would have no incentive to compromise on any issue. This is clearly why it took as long as it did. The board needed an incentive to negotiate. It is unfortunate that it took a strike, but this is a right the teachers have and one that we should respect or at minimum live with.
Bev October 19, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Thanks for your responses. I really do know why they waited til the school year to strike - because they could hold the children HOSTAGE so their strike would be noticed. I am not happy with all of these unions hurting others to better themselves. It really is a crazy world out there. The work ethic has evaporated. The teachers have a great deal and a great schedule. And the kids suffer!
Jerry Hopkins October 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Bev, strike during the summer? Really? Have you been paying attention? Teachers exercised the right to strike. Like it or not, this was their right. In a week or so, when we find out the details, maybe some will say that the strike wasn't necessary. Perhaps the BOE could have figured out a way to budge before the marathon session. The teachers had to show that they were serious and had a great deal of community and parent support. Then, the board acted and they acted fast. Joe would have you believe that you're in the majority. Joe would have you believe many things. Simply read his comments. The teachers can simultaneously fight for their rights and love their students. The two are by no means mutually exclusive.
R.G. October 21, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Jerry: Very well said: "The teachers can simultaneously fight for their rights and love their students. The two are by no means mutually exclusive." The teachers are people too, with families to support, and lives of their own. If they do not look out for themselves and their own best interests, the BOE and administration certainly are not going to make the effort. Nobody is holding anyone hostage as Bev so poorly suggests. And to suggest that the teachers have a poor work ethic just goes to show that Bev is not aware of the hard work that teachers do or the endless hours of work teachers do OUTSIDE of the great schedule she mentions.
forest barbieri October 21, 2012 at 08:57 PM
We are all glad that they hugged it out and the teachers are back to work. Now let's tackle the bigger issues. What's the plan? Where are we headed and how are we going to get there?


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