About 200 Evanston/Skokie School District 65 teachers and their supporters marched around parts of the city’s west side this evening to support their demands in contract talks with the school board.
The march started and ended at the school administration building at 1500 McDaniel Ave. where the school board is voting tonight on a new budget.
“What do we want: Fair contract. When do we want it: Now” the teachers chanted, as they carried signs calling for an end to the administration’s demand that some teachers teach a seventh period each day and for more time for teachers to prepare for their classes.
The teachers voted months ago to authorize union leaders to call a strike if a settlement wasn’t reached, and the administration and union representatives have been meeting with a federal mediator to try to resolve the dispute.
The budget that the board is expected to give preliminary approval to tonight, provides for a 3.8 percent increase in pay for the average teacher — including base pay increase, step pay hikes based on years on the job, and pay boosts based on completion of additional academic coursework.