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October 5th, 2012
More Illinois teacher strikes?
The school board and teachers union in Evergreen Park School District 124 met Wednesday night in an effort to negotiate an end to a strike that began Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. According to NBC Chicago, teachers left the session after midnight, claiming they felt disrespected by the district and were being treated poorly. A statement from the group said the school board rejected the union’s most recent proposal despite progress made on the health care front. Illinois Federation of Teachers spokesman Dave Comerford says there was an outburst from the district’s attorneys during Wednesday night’s talks, and that teachers will no longer be sitting down with the board face-to-face. The union instead wants a mediator to oversee negotiations by communicating with both sides in separate rooms, NBC Chicago reports…