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Latest Teacher Talks Fail To Produce Agreement

Strike by Lake Forest High School teachers could start Wednesday if no agreement is reached.

No agreement was reached during two hours of contract negotiations tonight between the and the .

With both sides unable to agree on a date for another negotiation session with a federal mediator, the prospect of a strike at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday is getting closer to reality.

The union is willing to meet with the Board Tuesday, according to spokesperson Chuck Gress. The District has offered to continue negotiations Monday, according to Board President Sharon Golan.

“We met and we did not reach an agreement,” Golan said. “We have offered to meet Monday and we are waiting to hear back.”

Gress claims the Board rejected the offer to continue negotiations Tuesday, “The LFEA offered to meet with the Board on Tuesday at any time after the close of the school day,” he said. “The Board refused.”

, both sides were required to make their . According to Gress, there was no movement by the Board from that position tonight.

“The LFEA is sorry to report that the District 115 Board of Education did not make any new offers during two hours of mediated negotiations this evening,” Gress said. “However, the teachers remain hopeful that a fair and equitable contract can be reached.”

Golan has previously indicated the Board has a plan in the event of a strike but has yet to make any details public. That could change soon. “I believe we will start to get some information out tomorrow,” she said. She suggested the best place to look will be the school’s website.

The teachers have also started a website to provide information to the public.

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LTH September 10, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Though it also possible that the same could be true, at least for the parents, in the opposite case. For that reason, the use of silence as a sign of support is invalid.
Me September 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
@little lth - not the same, not even close. Nonetheless, many concerned taxpayers have already voiced our concern with the Board. All members of the Board are fully aware that their personal reputations are at stake if they give in to the union thugs who are holding our children hostage.
SportsMan September 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Notice what the IHSA said to Chicago Schools regarding athletic contests during a strike. Tell your BOE to work to settle this thing
David Greenberg September 11, 2012 at 04:57 AM
@Walter: I am not a troll. See the definition here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28Internet%29 From that link: "A troll is someone who posts inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion" I do not post off-topic messages, my comments are not extraneous, and although you may consider some of them inflammatory, many (including myself) do not. I'm not attempting to provoke an emotional response or to disrupt the conversation. Again, if what I say bothers you - that's unfortunate, but ultimately it's your problem. As for your contention that I "love to stick [my] nose in other people's business" - that's not true either. I comment when I believe that what I have to say is relevant to the discussion at-hand. If it happens to be outside of the immediate community in which I reside, it's because what's going on in the other communities MAY tend to have an affect on my community.
David Greenberg September 11, 2012 at 05:05 AM
So identify yourself as an "ANONYMOUS Speaker", and give your address as "Lake Forest School District, IL", wear a mask if you wish too. To the best of my knowledge, there's no law requiring that you give your name/address when you stand up to speak. They can ask for it, but over the years I've heard many people in many forums give their name and simply state their address as the town itself. The fear of providing information that the teachers/union may use against one is but one reason to remain anonymous. Another is that the meetings may be videotaped, and you may not wish to provide your name/address to the countless numbers of viewers watching the meetings. Another is that the right to anonymous speech is long cherished and protected in this Country, and has been upheld by the US Sup. Ct. This dates from the very founding of our country when the Federalist Papers were written under the pseudonym "Publis". See these links: https://www.eff.org/issues/anonymity http://www.cfif.org/htdocs/legal_issues/legal_updates/us_supreme_court/anonymous_speech.htm

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