Lake Forest students back in class, teachers' strike continues - FOX 32 News Chicago

Federal mediator leads talks as Lake Forest students return to class during strike

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The Lake Forest High School teachers' strike continues this week. But students were required report to school Monday, as negotiators resumed contract talks.

Negotiating teams worked through a federal mediator to try to settle a four-day old teachers strike in Lake Forest.

SEE: No Class for Lake Forest students as teachers strike over pay


Meanwhile, 1700 high school students were told to attend classes at the main campus. Some students said they were eager to return, but weren't sure what kind of educational experience they would have. Monday is considered an official attendance day.

The school board said 50 substitute teachers and 70 community volunteers are leading math, science, English and social studies programs, replacing the 150 teachers who walked off the job and are picketing outside.

The teachers said they want to know if the substitute curriculum meets standards. Students said they want their teachers back and it was awkward to pass them on the picket line.

Another student said that although she hasn't heard every detail of what's going on, she said to her, the strike looks like a spat between two groups of adults – and the students are the ones who are impacted.

The teachers took a pay freeze last year but this year feel the economy has recovered enough that the school board can afford three years-worth of raises.

SEE: Lake Forest teacher salary database

The school board said it has submitted the offer it can afford.

The average teacher's salary in that district is $107,000 a year.

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