Readers React to the End of the Teachers' Strike

After a day-long strike and an over 14 hour-long bargaining session, Highland Park's elementary and middle school teachers have reached a tentative agreement with the District 112 School Board.

Highland Park residents are still awaiting more details about the tentative agreement reached by the city's elementary and middle school teachers' union and school board after one day of striking and over 14 hours of bargaining earlier this week.

District 112 Contract Negotiations: The Story So Far

But that's not stopping readers from sharing excitement that the strike has ended.

"I am pround of our teachers, but am also pround of the board," writes Lee on Patch.

Many readers hope that the end of the strike means the beginning of a more in-depth conversation about the district's finances.

"All of us need to accept that this district must undergo a dramatic redesign in order to avoid this exact situation in two to three years when the teachers' contract is up again," writes Samantha Stolberg.

What do you think of the news? Where do you think District 112 should go from here? Leave a comment or submit a blog post.

Richard Heineman, who has been very involved in District 113's long-range planning, took a similar perspective.

"One of the most important things to come out of this process is the knowledge that there is much to do in District 112," he writes. "Let's get started."

One Indian Trail teacher tweeted her joy that she was able to return to her students on Wednesday.

"So excited to be going back to the classroom!" reads a tweet by Stefanie Labellarte. "Thanks for all of your hard work, negotiations team and HP for the support!"

Of course, not everyone was happy to see the strike end.

"I have a very unhappy 10 year old," writes Joe. "No, not pro-union or pro-teacher, just pro strike, had his whole day planed out."

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Richard H Heineman Jr October 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Before you use a FOIA try asking. There is extra expense and paperwork involved in FOIA. It is my experience that asking works better. Why add extra expense when the problem is a lack of money.
David Greenberg October 21, 2012 at 03:13 AM
I agree, it's extra paperwork - but in many cases the FOIAs wouldn't be necessary if the Districts operated more transparently and the information was readily available to begin with.
Anon. October 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Everyone needs to relax and be patient before costing the district even more money on a FOIA request or other. The teachers do NOT even know the details of the tentative agreement. Very expensive lawyers are putting it all in writing since 17 hours of bargaining did not include that step, apparently. The only people aware of the details of the agreement are those that were sitting at the tables - not even administrators (those not on the BoE team) know the details either. Lots of anxiety in waiting but better than making more work for any of these people by initiating a FOIA request.
MS October 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Have we found out the terms of the settlement? Are they waiting until after the election to tell us what it will cost us?
Samantha Stolberg November 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM


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