Another Illinois District Succumbs to Teacher Union Power

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Citizens of Illinois District 46 have been subjected to a teacher strike which began on Thursday, November 7, 2019.   Teacher union officials last led a strike in 2013 when their demands were not granted by the school board.  Russell Lisau has the story in thedailyherald.com.

No classes, extracurricular activities, after-school programs or before-school programs will be held.

“We are deeply disappointed,” the board’s statement reads.

Leah Brown, president of the Grayslake Federation of Paraprofessionals and Support Staff. . . “We don’t work in public education to get rich,” . . . said in a news release Wednesday.

District officials created an online guide for parents needing child-care options at d46.org/strike1920/childcareoptions110119.pdf.

Families whose children rely on the schools for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch can access food at local food banks. A list is at d46.org/strike1920/foodpantry.pdf.

District 46 educates about 3,700 students from Grayslake, Third Lake, Hainesville, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach and Lake Villa at its seven schools. Its staff includes more than 300 teachers and about 180 support workers, board President Jim Weidman said. The support staff includes maintenance workers, nurses, secretaries and librarians, among other types of employees.

District 46 employees last walked out in 2013. The strike lasted three days.

At the time of publication, the strike has ended.