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No class for Lake Forest students as teachers strike over pay

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Teachers in Lake Forest High School District 115 are on strike Wednesday morning, after failing to come to an agreement on pay raises by the midnight deadline.

This is the first strike in the school's history.

SEE: Lake Forest D115 teachers threaten to strike Wednesday

One hundred and fifty teachers at Lake Forest High School on the North Shore have walked off the job.

The strike has forced cancellation of classes today for about 1,700 students.

"They did not respond to our counter offer and we were done," Sharon Golan said. She's on the Lake Forest School Board.

The school has offered a three-percent raise for teachers over three years. The teachers want double that amount - and higher starting salaries for new teachers.

"I think teachers have it great and they may look at me and smile, but the private sector does not make as much as public sector in this country," parent Brad Kunde said.

The school said the teachers are already among the highest two-percent in the state. Some make $100,000 a year or more.

SEE: Lake Forest teacher salary database

Lake Forest Education Association spokesman Chuck Gress said he is paid a fair wage, but teachers did not get a raise last year.

"Last year, we took a hard freeze, which means that our teachers took no raise," Gress explained.

The union spokesman said the cost of health insurance is another point of contention in the Lake Forest strike.

"I am vested in the school because I feel very passionately about the quality of education," Gress said, when asked about his main complaint.

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