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Elmhurst District 205 Announces a Third Tentative Agreement with Elmhurst Teachers Union

Elmhurst Teachers Council set to vote on the agreement April 3.

Elmhurst Unit District 205 released a statement Thursday announcing it has reached another tentative agreement with the Elmhurst Teachers Council. The School District had declared on March 14, after the union rejected the second proposal in February. The first

From District 205:

Following 18 months of talks, which have included the services of a federal mediator, negotiating teams for the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council and the District 205 Board of Education have reached a tentative agreement. The parties met for an extended length of time on Friday, March 16, and the agreement was signed March 20.

“Both parties worked collaboratively to reach this settlement,” said Katy Padberg, president of the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council and a member of the teachers’ negotiating team.

David Pruneau, District 205 superintendent and a member of the board’s negotiating team, said, “We are pleased that we have reached an agreement. It is important for the sake of our students and this community that we return to the business of education.”

Details of the proposed contract will be released once the agreement has been ratified by both sides. Ratification will not take place until after spring break, with a vote scheduled by the ETC for April 3. Pending approval by the teachers, the Board of Education will vote at its April 10 meeting.

Wanda Block March 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Teachers could always be fired, even if they had tenure, regardless of this new bill.It is so sad to read negative comments from people that are not in education publicly stating what they believe is a fact. How would you feel if everyone commented on your job performance and what your job requirements should be? We all need to remember that it takes a village to raise a child. Parents, teachers, sport directors, church community, every adult that child interacts with is part of their education. We need to be more supportive and work together for our children and their education.
Joe March 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Well said Tim! Most everyone thinks that teaching is easy but, put them in the classroom with 20+ 1st graders, middle school kids or high schoolers for one week (strike that, one day) and they would be running for the door. It's not as easy as sitting at a desk all by your self working all day.
imo March 30, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I agree with Wanda. Some of the comments I read are disturbing andhopwfully not a reflection of the community as a whole. It is part of being a responsible citizen to support our schools. If you don't like how something is being run in the school system, you should go to board meetings and speak up for yourself. Perhaps you might run for school board and try to implement change the change you would like to see. Although, if you did that, you would most likely come to the realization that a school system is more complicated than you'd like to believe.
Dan March 30, 2012 at 01:42 PM
imo, I share your concern about the comments. Have you ever read some of your own. I have never said anything negative about any teachers or their pay yet your response to my comment is to call me a nimrod. I'm not alone in receiving disrespectful responses. Others you picture as teabaggers or having inebriated responses. You even compare things to sending people to the concentration camps. Maybe you improve the tone of the comments by working on the ones that you put in to print.
Alan Brinkmeier March 30, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Under Senate Bill 7, passed last fall, Tenure has changes substantially and no longer governs. Now, a ratings system tied to accountability is in place for teachers. Under last year’s law, four ratings were established: excellent, proficient, needs improvement and unsatisfactory in a four-year probationary period. To achieve tenure, a teacher must have: •3 consecutive years of excellent ratings grants immediate tenure within 3 years OR •2 of the last 3 ratings within 4 years are proficient or excellent including the fourth year. By the end of the fourth year a teacher is either ranked as tenured or clicked off. Alan Brinkmeier

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