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Chow: ‘Good progress’ on teacher talks

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Negotiators for Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and its teachers union met Friday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. and agreed to meet again Sunday, beginning at noon, as they make what Board President Candance Chow said was “good progress” in reaching agreement on a new contract while avoiding a strike.

Chow said that she and Superintendent Paul Goren have asked former board president Tracy Quattrocki to join the discussions “to provide additional support from the board as we continue to negotiate in good faith.”

Chow added that “Good progress is being made, and we appreciate the DEC leadership’s willingness to meet again tomorrow.”

Teachers are being paid on the same terms as in their former contract that expired in August.

Both sides have proposed modest pay increases, but there are a number of issues pertaining to teacher planning time and working conditions that are subject to negotiation.

Also, the District 65 Educators’ Council, representing the teachers, has proposed a one-year contract, while the board has proposed a traditional four-year pact.

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Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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