Lake Forest teachers end strike, mandatory days didn't count - FOX 32 News Chicago

Lake Forest teachers end strike, mandatory days didn't count

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Early Wednesday morning, teachers ended their week-long strike in Lake Forest.

This was Lake Forests' first strike. The walkout occurred when contract negotiations hit a wall over salary raises and benefit agreements.

In a brief statement posted on the school's website, the Lake Forest High School Board of Education announced it had reached a deal with the Lake Forest Education Association on a four-year contract, which now goes up for a vote by the union's members.

"We are pleased that our teachers and students will be back in the classroom in the morning," Board President Sharon Golan said in a statement.

The details of the contract will not be made public until the union and the board of education approves the deal, according to the statement.

The union had asked for raises between 5.6 percent and 6.5 percent over a three-year contract, but the school board offered 2.6 percent and 3.4 percent salary increases.

Teachers took to picket lines on Sept. 12. The strike affected about 1,700 students.

But there is bad news for students who attended classes at Lake Forest the past two days with substitute teachers - officials say those days of classes aren't legal school days, and don't count.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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