In the News ~ Sept. 18

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Editorial: Highland teachers and the right to strike ~ For all of that, the stand taken by the union members of the Highland Education Association is understandable. We are in an era that has seen corporate and financial interests wage war on public ... Read more

Richards teacher out for a spin … on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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As an English teacher at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Sara Carlson regularly deals with words and phrases. Six words she uttered recently might be her current favorites: “I want to buy a vowel.” That’s a staple on “Wheel of Fortune,” and ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 17

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Strike continues: No class Wednesday as Highland teachers, board work toward agreement - The Highland Education Association and Highland School Board met well into the evening Tuesday, hoping to bring an end to the teachers strike that began last ... Read more

‘We are closer’: Both sides report progress in Highland teachers strike


The Highland teachers union and school board will meet again Thursday after both sides met late into the night Tuesday and report they made "significant progress." The parties will meet with a federal mediator in an attempt to finalize a ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 16

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Coaltion forms to push school funding reform - Nearly 100 organizations are joining together to push Illinois lawmakers to pass a school funding reform...   Highland teachers strike continues (– September 16, 2014) FOX 2 ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 15

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Highland teachers reject contract offer  - Teachers in southwestern Illinois' Highland School District rejected a contract offer Sunday, so their strike will continue. The teachers voted 140-20 against the offer, the Belleville News-Democrat ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 12

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Strike day one: Highland teachers picket, prepare proposal to present to school  ShiAnne Shively talks about the first day of the Highland School District teachers strike. Highland's superintendent, Mike Sutton, was not immediately ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 11

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Highland, Illinois teachers begin strike Thursday - There will be no school Thursday morning in Highland, Illinois as teachers there begin a strike. Teachers authorized a strike after a deal on a new contract couldn't be reached with district ... Read more

State honors Mahomet-Seymour Junior High custodian

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State honors Mahomet-Seymour Junior High custodian   MAHOMET — School custodians typically work behind the scenes. But this fall, Mahomet-Seymour Junior High head custodian Don Rogers is in the spotlight. Rogers is the recipient of a ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 10

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Highland teachers vote to strike beginning Thursday - Highland teachers will go on strike Thursday. The teachers authorized a strike Tuesday night after an hour-long meeting in the public library. Of the district's 174 teachers, 155 were at the ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 9

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Highland teachers, administrators fail to reach deal in latest talks - Negotiations between Highland School District leaders and teachers failed to find common ground Monday night, with a strike deadline of Thursday looming. The sides met behind ... Read more

Naperville teacher gives back – in Kenya

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While Brett Weiss makes a difference every day as an economics and international relations teacher at Bartlett High School, the Naperville resident almost kept himself from making a difference on a larger scale. “I’m a pretty big chicken at ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 8

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No deal reached: Highland teachers set to strike later this week - The Highland Education Association, the teachers' union, and the school district's bargaining team were expected to meet Monday night with a federal mediator ...   District ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 5

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House Democrats quietly meeting on school funding - A panel of top Democratic House lawmakers has been quietly meeting to discuss a proposed overhaul of Illinois' dated school funding formula, which, if approved, would direct more state money to ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 4

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25 of Illinois' Top School Districts - Kids all across Illinois are headed back to school, but some students will be enrolled in schools that are in school districts that are considered better than others. School Digger provided rankings for 774 of ... Read more

In the News ~ Sept. 3

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Illinois schools start year with 24 new mandates - State records show schools in Illinois will start the academic year having to comply with at least two dozen new statutes, or mandates from lawmakers.   Highland teachers vote to authorize ... Read more

In the News ~ August 29

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District 205 classes begin Friday - After 15 days of walking the picket lines and going back-and-forth in negotiations, the walk-out of Galesburg teachers ended Thursday when both the District 205 Board of Education and Galesburg Education ... Read more

Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on the fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan


Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on the fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan. The fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan shows why electing Bruce Rauner would have a disastrous effect on public school students in Illinois. If ... Read more

In the News ~ August 27

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NO DEAL: GEA, District 205 reach impasse - After more than eight hours of negotiations, the Galesburg Education Association and District 205 Board of Education reached an impasse Tuesday in contract talks. “We gave three different supposals to try to ... Read more

In the News ~ August 26

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Mediation resumes today ~ As the Galesburg teachers' strike enters day 14, bargaining teams for the teachers' union and board of education are meeting for the fourth mediation session since the strike began. The talks are down to a single issued, ... Read more