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Updated: Tentative Agreement Reached in D46 Strike

School resumes Tuesday for students in District 46.

The District 46 teacher strike has ended following more than six hours of negotiations between the school board and union at Park School Sunday.

The following statement is posted on the district Website:

The District 46 Board of Education and the Lake County Federation of Teachers local 504 have reached a tentative agreement in their contract negotiations, and the three-day school strike has been suspended. Classes will resume at Avon Center, Meadowview, Prairieview, Woodview, Frederick, Grayslake Middle School, and Park Campus on Tuesday, January 22, following the already scheduled day off Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday.

The tentative agreement outlines the terms of a new two-year contract. No details will be shared until it is ratified by the teachers' union membership and then approved by the District Board, which is expected over the next week or so.

"This tentative agreement is indicative of our shared dedication and commitment to working together to meet the needs of all members of the District 46 community - teachers, students, families and taxpayers," said Ray Millington, District 46 Board chairman.

More than 300 teachers went on strike Wednesday, 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.

It is not yet known when the contract will be ratified, though the next regular school board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Frederick School.

No details of the contract agreement will be disclosed prior to the ratification of the contract, though the sticking point was teacher compensation and retirement.

Strike timeline

  • Oct. 12, 2012: The school board declares an impasse. The union prepares to vote to authorize a strike.
  • Oct. 16: Teachers' union approves an authorization to strike if necessary.
  • Oct. 25: The board and teachers' union post their best and final offers of the contract.
  • Oct. 30: The Board of Education and the teachers' union meet for the first time with a federal mediator.
  • Nov. 12: A second bargaining session results in little progress.
  • Nov. 13: A strike date of Jan. 16 is announced.
  • Nov. 28: Some progress is made during a negotiation session between the two sides, however a contract agreement is still not reached.
  • Dec. 11: The first 'Town Meeting' is held by the D46 Board to address concerns from the public.
  • Dec. 20: The district announces it is accepting applications for substitute teachers in preparation for a potential strike by the union.
  • Jan. 9, 2013: A second 'Town Meeting' is hosted by the D46 Board.
  • Jan. 11: Another negotiation session is held.
  • Jan. 12: Both sides agree to negotiate once more on Jan. 15.
  • Jan. 15: An eleventh hour session fails to bring about an agreement.
  • Jan. 16: Day 1 of the teachers' strike.
  • Jan. 20: A tentative contract agreement is reached after more than six hours of negotiations. School is scheduled to resume Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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Shannon January 22, 2013 at 09:30 PM
I realize coming here and posting is setting myself up for much criticism but I see no point in conjecture about what took place as I walked in. I walked in quite peacefully until the very last man made a remark about my daughters in school. Given the nature of the threat I received toward them less than 12 hours before, it was salt in a very raw wound. My only words to him were of me yelling (and yes, I was yelling) a question, the same question 3x's: "Are you the man who threatened my kids?" When he said he wasn't, I explained I had received a threat against them, I apologized and went back to business. While I wish I had just kept walking, the truth is I haven't stopped shaking since I listened to that man's message. My instincts as a mom are beyond heightened. That is what happend.
Sully January 22, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Lennie, don't forget to mention you're the founder of the Lake County tea party and that your many, many, many witch hunts have cost the district who knows how much money. And don't forget to mention that your wife believes religion is being taught in public schools. She calls these classes "science". Don't forget to mention that you're all for tearing down public schools in order for there to be more charters. Oh yeah, don't forget that proud proud moment at the board meeting two years when the police had to come quiet your followers down. Oh yeah... just more lies and distortions... I wish I had kept track of how many times you and Lisa have screamed lies", "liars", and "distortions" when confronted with uncomfortable facts and/or questions. Lisa, you were challenged above regarding Shannon's behavior. Reply?
Sully January 22, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Oh by the way...Am I the stalker you refer to? If so, no one related to me works for D46. Never have, never will. Guess that makes you a liar.
Sully January 22, 2013 at 09:44 PM
He gave himself that role, MB. Nobody asked him.
Nightcrawler January 22, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Thanks, Shannon. Now can the rest of you people please stop speculating about meaningless b.s. Honest to god, this is as bad as the Michelle Obama eye-rolling scandal.
Sully January 22, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Regarding IEPs, the state takes money away from districts if they are out of compliance. That money is not part of the general funding- it's money to Special Education. Having said that, losing any kind of funding is going to hurt the district and schools.
Sully January 22, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Sandra, I don't have to live or work in a district to be interested in the fights going on there. I work in the education field, and this is not just a local topic. The same things are happening all over the country and it saddens me that so many people are fooled by what politicians and people like Lenny say.
Julie January 22, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Shannon that is a lie. He said nothing others than the chant "Kids In School" You turned around and screamed because you wanted it on camera. I was standing right there.
Sully January 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM
So based on Shannon's response, it appears Lisa was mistaken. Perhaps you'd like to offer an apology now, LMJ. Or as you like to say all too often- you're a liar. Shannon, I'm sorry for the trauma you've been put through. As you said, you should have kept walking. Don't let emotions get the better of you when you are in public view.
LMJ January 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Okay, I was wrong. I don't have a problem owning up to it. Thanks Roger for pointing out that I was at the other end when she yelled. I guess I couldn't hear through the loud chants. From just looking at her, I couldn't tell. As far as the camera guy, you did lie, Brad. It sounds like you weren't even there! Or should I say there outside maybe?
Julie January 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Lisa the camera guy was filming you and Lennie and people were putting their signs in front to block you. Then one of the parents yelled who you were and not to take your pamphlets. I don't know if Brad was there, but I was and I know what I saw.
LMJ January 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Julie, that is the funny part for us. I wasn't going to bring it up, but YOU THOUGHT the guy from CBS was filming us, but he wasn't. He was just talking to Lennie. I am full aware that the parents and teacher's were yelling and not to take the pamphlets. Really sad that people have to be told what to do and can't think for themselves. What would have happened if someone wanted to? One did and was told to give it back to us. Really sad. All it showed was things that are already on the website. What are you all so scared of? By the way, I will only say this once and then I am leaving it alone. We are not here to indoctrinate your children to choose whatever we or anyone else does. We believe that no one form of education is right for everyone. So, stop the lies about us and telling people that we are something that we aren't. If someone wants to talk to us, talk to us. Or are you trying to keep people from doing that too?
MB January 23, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Oh my. I hope the Board meeting minutes are available on line because it sounds like they will make for interesting bedtime reading.
Brad Faxton January 23, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Shannon - I'm sorry truly sorry - very deeply sorry for the BS you have been through. With all of the honesty in my heart, I am saddened that someone did what they did. Nobody should go through that. Lisa - You owe me an apology. I did not lie.
Brad Faxton January 23, 2013 at 02:32 AM
The "founder" hhahahah! OMG! I laughed so hard milk came shooting out my nose. Nothing like a self proclaimed title. My wife of 31 years has a few titles she can give me - I think julie said one, "Jackass".
Brad Faxton January 23, 2013 at 02:32 AM
#mark_as_spam #vote_to_ban
Brad Faxton January 23, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Oh you know all about those things, don't ya.
Brad Faxton January 23, 2013 at 02:34 AM
I've been getting labeled as a liar too. Fun, eh? Even more fun when for the first time in nearly 2 years I was told that she made a mistake.
BMF January 23, 2013 at 02:52 AM
I admire Lennie for at least trying to come up with ideas although I may not agree with will all of them. Having said that I would like to know what Sully teaches because I am certain he is not an example of extraordinary teaching. He is an example of what i am assuming is tenure. In unrelated news I only bring this up because I stumbled upon a real eye opener. BRAD FAXTON is completely made up. Most of us go by different names, but this guy has a fake face book and profile. This is a direct quote from facebook "Second side note, Brad is not my real name. I do live in Chesapeake Farms and have for many years. To the very few people who know who I am, I trust you will keep it that way." This is very disturbing. This is going to an extreme. At least Lennie put it all out there.
Black Betty January 23, 2013 at 07:02 AM
Hi guys. Miss me?
Black Betty January 23, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Bullies?! Can I play too?
Sully January 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM
I'm not a teacher, BMF.
Sully January 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM
But I do know a hell of a lot more than Lennie when it comes to education. Since he refuses to answer questions, I'll have to assume just about anyone knows more than he does.
Julie January 23, 2013 at 01:05 PM
That doesn't mean he is a fake person though just that he uses and alias online. I live in Chesapeake Farms. I am not sure who Brad is, but I do that when he showed up in our community facebook page (and told us that it was an alias) it was to give info on some pretty dangerous squatters we had living in one of the houses. It was huge mess with a heroine ring and lots of children and a very dangerous dog. Scary stuff. The police, the bank, the neighbors were all involved. Brad helped get them out and didn't want his name used in public. I wouldn't either in that situation quite frankly.
Forethe Community January 23, 2013 at 06:53 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.
Sully January 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Is this what you see as for our children's future, Lennie? Is this the curriculum you want in public schools? It seems to me it's not our children's future you care about- it's just your present. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/10-interesting-lessons-from-creationist-inspired-school-books
LMJ January 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM
You know, Sully, you have a huge chip on your shoulder. It seems that you need to take up your problems with God, instead of us. You are just making yourself look bad here.
Sully January 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM
No,Lisa. I'd just like the people to see what your real agenda is. I don't care for Fundamentalist Christianity to be taught in our public schools. I don't appreciate you and Lennie trying to mislead the few who actually believe you. You and Lennie are dangerous to anyone who believes in reality, science, and education. So I will fight you two every inch of the way to ensure the public school system is not harmed.
LMJ January 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Now it's my turn. LOL What a load of baloney!
Sully January 27, 2013 at 12:14 AM
What a load of evasion, Lisa.

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