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D65 Board to discuss teacher contract talks

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The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board will meet Tuesday night, but don’t bother to come. They will be meeting in closed session to discuss contract negotiations with the teachers union in hopes of coming to agreement on a new contract before teachers return to work next month.

But the president of the District 65 Educators’ Council (DEC), Jean Luft, told Evanston Now Monday that “we have not reached a tentative agreement yet.“

Evanston’s high school district, 202, has already reached an agreement with its teachers that calls for a modest pay raise and changes to its health benefit.

Over the four-year contract, the high school agreement entails an average 2.67 percent increase in pay per year, which the union and administration contend approximates the assumption of increases in the cost of living.

The District 65 teachers, according to Luft, are interested in clarifying certain working conditions of teachers, particularly the amount of planning time allotted to teachers.

The administration had proposed cutting back on arts and physical education teachers next year by working the remaining teachers harder by reducing their planning time. These changes did not go over well with DEC members, according to Luft.

This spring, the District 65 teachers authorized its leaders to call a strike, if necessary, but Luft told Evanston Now she hopes that will not be necessary.

Charles Bartling

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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