State Senate negotiators in Springfield reportedly have reached agreement on a package of education reforms that could have a major impact on Evanston schools.

Negotiations with school unions, school district officials and education reform groups reportedly have led to agreement on plans to make it harder for teachers to get tenure and reduce the role of seniority in determining teacher layoffs.

The proposals also would reportedly make it tougher for teachers to strike and make it easier for boards to extend the school day.

It’s not yet clear what the chances are for approval of the the package by the state House.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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