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District 46 Teachers' Union Votes to Ratify Contract

The vote took place Jan. 30.

The District 46 teachers' union has officially ratified the new contract.

Jim Pergander, business agent for the Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, said the union voted 247-60 to ratify the two-year contract. The District 46 Board is anticipated to vote on the contract at its next meeting, slated for Feb. 6.

"It has been a long road," said Pergander. "(It's) a bit of relief and a bit of satisfaction to come to a conclusion."

Teacher compensation was the main sticking point throughout negotiations. The district, which is projecting a $2.2 million deficit next school year, repeatedly said it could not spend money it didn't have despite the union's argument that the district had a bloated fund balance and could afford salary increases.

More than 300 District 46 teachers went on strike Jan. 16 following an eleventh-hour negotiating session on Jan. 15. As a result, classes were cancelled for some 4,000 students for three days.

Students returned to classes Tuesday after having Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Terri February 04, 2013 at 08:39 PM
No. It doesn't count to me. Or anyone that has taken the time to study standardized testing and how relatively useless it is when used for accountability. Heck, one only needs to look at ALL the data that is provided in the report cards to see that. Sadly, too many look at the raw AYP and declare failure. NCLB is a miserable disappointment.
BMF February 04, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I like the idea you have of no accountability.
Terri February 04, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Oh, there are plenty of good ways to provide authentic assessment for teachers...plenty. Problem is, it means administrators have to actually work and do their jobs. Much easier to just slap an arbitrary snapshot test score on it and call it a day.
BMF February 05, 2013 at 12:48 PM
You cant have administration evaluate teachers because they are in the union. They take care of their own. The Mafi also works like this. I have been around union people my whole life. You are rewarded for doing less and not working harder than the person next to you. The reason they get away with it is because they can use gang like activities like strikes and using our children as collateral. Same concept as the poor child who is being held hostage on the school bus. Put the fear of our children's education in our face and people get scared. Bring outside evaluators in and get rid of the unions you instantly fix the problem.
Terri February 05, 2013 at 02:16 PM
It's good to see you're open to authentic assessment, really. But please note that administrators are NOT members of the union. While they might be best equipped to act as evaluators, you bring up an interesting concept...I'd have to give it some thought. Thanks!

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