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D46 Teachers Picket Before Weekend Negotiations

District 46 teachers, along with some parents and their children, hit the picket lines again Friday before Sunday's next negotiating session.

On Friday afternoon came a big push from the District 46 teachers union to stand unified for a contract agreement.

Teachers, along with some parents and students, lined Route 83 between the district offices at Frederick School and Grayslake Middle School.

The Queen song "We Will Rock You" could be heard blaring from a stereo on the picket line as passing vehicles honked loudly and picketeres erupted into cheer.

Students have been out of school for three days. The District 46 Board of Education and teachers' union have scheduled another negotiating session for 5 p.m. Sunday at Park School.

Parents who walked the picket line with teachers told Patch they plan to be present outside Park School on Sunday to show their support for the teachers, who have been without a contract since July 2012.

"We love our teachers," said parent Debbie Peters, who has two students at Park School. "I am behind them 100 percent. They deserve a raise. They are with my children more than I am. I'm very proud of the teachers for standing their ground."

Another parent told Patch she believes the strike will continue into next week but that she supports the teachers.

"I think we have a really good group of teachers and it would be sad to see them go," said the parent, who did not want her name used.

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Lennie Jarratt January 21, 2013 at 03:22 AM
I agree. I even proposed a 5 yr contract. See http://forourchildrensfuture.com for the details.
WorriedParent January 21, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Dan, not that I do not agree with you regarding administration pay....per the ISBE website for 2012 the superintendents base salary was 171,044...the 213k is inclusive of retirement and other benefits. It is crazy, the administration is making top dollar on the backs of our teachers. But we can't change those at this time....we could get a new superintendent and pay them less but I am not sure someone would take over this mess for less money. All we can do is hope to come to a resolution while being fiscally responsible.
Dan Golden January 21, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Worried parent, that is good to know. I have a few friends within D46 that are teachers and quite a few lists of salaries that have been posted here are incorrect in the amounts. I am not a teacher and I have seen some of their paychecks and I can guarantee you they are not making what is being posed, especially those that have only been with the district for a few years.
Dirk D. January 21, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Actually they are responsible for every kid in their building and staff. The salaries reflect that responsibility. You need to pay quality people to be in those positions because if something goes wrong it's on them. Lower the salary, you end up lowering the standards of the people who take whose positions.
Forethe Community January 23, 2013 at 06:54 PM
350 people showed up Sunday in the freezing cold to support the teachers of their district. That’s: • 10 times the number that showed up for either of the For Our Children’s Future town halls. • 10 times the number, on average, that shows up to BOE meetings. • 5 times the number that have ever shown up for a BOE meeting (in recent history). 30 local business showed their support for the teachers by supplying food, providing parking, providing warming shelters, allowing access to their bathrooms, and donating cash to help teachers that might need it in a prolonged strike. Residual benefits went to local food banks through excess donations. That’s: • 10 times the number of local business’s that spoke at any levy hearing. • Equal to the number of attendants at any For Our Children’s Future town Hall. • Equal to or greater than the average attendance at a BOE meeting. Actions speak louder than words. I applaud the board for listening to the public. I only wish the silent majority had been more vocal at the levy hearings. It’s too late to do what the public really wanted.

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