In the News ~ July 31

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Teachers file intent to strike - The Highland Education Association (HEA), the teachers’ union, has filed a notice with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board, indicating 174 teachers might go on strike in the coming days. The notice is a legal ... Read more

In the News ~ July 30

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District 205 teachers prepared to strike - With Tuesday's failed mediation between the Galesburg Education Association teachers' union and the Board of Education, teachers are poised to strike. According to a public statement on the GEA website, ... Read more

In the News ~ July 29

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The law on teacher retirement - Dick Ingram - A few statements in your story on Wednesday, "Still no deal with teachers," need to be corrected for your readers to get an accurate description of the legal requirements school districts have to fund the ... Read more

In the News ~ July 28

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Editors Roundtable: District 205 teachers' contract  - What's the solution to the contract negotiations with District 205 teachers? Glad to see proposals made public.   Search for new Dunlap superintendent touches off discontent Peoria ... Read more

In the News ~ July 25

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GEA Expressing Concern Over Contract Talks - The Galesburg Education Association has been in recent talks with District 205 about teacher contracts. The current multi-year agreement is set to expire at the end of this month, but with District 205 ... Read more

In the News ~ July 24

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Still no deal with teachers  - The Highland School District’s bargaining team and the Highland Education Association (HEA), the teachers’ union, were scheduled to meet with a federal mediator on Tuesday, the second meeting in a ... Read more

Amboy teacher returns from Gulf of Mexico

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Imagine trading in your Midwestern summer in the cornfields of Amboy for a scientific research trip in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s what local science teacher, Carol Schnaiter decided to do in order to bring her semester at sea to her students. From ... Read more

In the News ~ July 23

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Nameless 'teachers' vent at OTHS meeting - The Ottawa Township High School board and administration were slammed by a recitation of anonymous complaints read aloud at Monday's board meeting.   School districts work to comply with new law ... Read more

In the News ~ July 22

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Possibility of strikes looms at school  - Classes are set to start Aug. 13 in the Highland School District, but with labor negotiations with the district’s teachers, custodians and secretarial staff all seemly at impasses, how long students remain in ... Read more

In the News ~ July 21

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Consolidation of regional school superintendents' offices no simple matter  - Regional school superintendents say they’re still working out the kinks of how to merge offices and consolidate services before next summer. The process involves much more ... Read more

In the News ~ July 17

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District 205 Union Contract to Expire This Month - The Galesburg Education Association is hoping current contract negotiations can be resolved before their previous contract expires.   School board approves new teacher evaluation system (Alton ... Read more

In the News ~ July 16

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Our Opinion: Empower high schoolers to save lives  - Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any time, and high schools certainly aren't off limits to the possibility.   Taxpayers need to know how much (Champaign News Gazette © ... Read more

In the News ~ July 15

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Hinsdale District 86 officials show their hand in teachers negotations - Hinsdale High School District 86 officials are taking an approach that is unusual for labor negotiations and disclosing what they say they’re offering district teachers as they ... Read more

In the News ~ July 14

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New Illinois law mandates catastrophic injury insurance for schools  - Although state law now mandates that high schools provide $3 million in catastrophic injury insurance over a five-year period to athletes, it provides no penalties for any schools ... Read more

In the News ~ July 10

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State Pays Schools On Time - Illinois has broken its streak of late grant payments to schools for the first time since 2007. State Superintendent Christopher Koch praised the news in a letter to school officials dated July 1. But Koch warned them not ... Read more

In the News ~ July 8

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D-86 board, teachers make progress but have yet to make deal  The Hinsdale High School Teachers Association and the District 86 Board of Education "made progress" during a four-and-a-half hour mediation session June 26, according to teachers' ... Read more

In the News ~ July 7

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A Closer Look at Illinois' Budget  The new state budget signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last week left lawmakers from both parties unhappy — but it didn't leave them empty-handed. Among expenses in the $35.7 billion spending plan, tucked into a document ... Read more

In the News ~ June 26

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Back to the Table: Teacher Contract Negotiations Resume Thursday (Hinsdale Patch.com © 06/26/2014) The Hinsdale High School Teachers Association and Dist. 86 school board head back to the table on Thursday to resume contract negotiations Teachers ... Read more

In the News ~ June 25

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Harris v. Quinn: A Personal View Huffington Post But a lawsuit brought by the right-wing National Right to Work Foundation, Harris v. Quinn, has been working its way through the courts and is due to be decided in the coming weeks by the Supreme ... Read more

In the News ~ June 24

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Unit 40 ratifies 3-year contract   After Unit 40 teachers worked through the 2013-14 school year without a contract, Effingham School Board voted unanimously to ratify a new contract with Effingham Classroom Teachers Association Monday. The ... Read more