Teachers in Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools Friday approved by secret ballot a tentative contract agreement for the next four years with an 83 percent “yes” vote.

The announcement was made late Friday by Jean Luft, president of the District 65 Educators’ Council. The agreement is expected to be approved Monday night by the school board at its regular monthly “working” meeting.

The agreement came after six months of bargaining, with the aid of a federal mediator.

Luft expressed appreciation “of the time, energy, and effort put forth from both the DEC and the school board’s bargaining teams.”

She stated in a news release that “the new contract agreement improves several areas of the District 65 learning and working environment and also provides avenues for making future improvements in additional areas.”

Luft added that the teachers “are eager to continue the long tradition of high quality instruction in the Evanston/Skokie community.”

No details of the agreement were released, but the board last month included a pay increase for the teachers in its budget for the current school year that is scheduled for final approval on September 24 after a public hearing.

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...

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3 Comments

  1. Secret Contract

    Why do the parties want to hide the terms of the contract. Are they going to release the terms the day before the approval to limit citizens input?

    I hope it is not the same joke that Nancy Pelosi threw at Americans on Obamacare. Pass it and you will learn the details of what is in it.

  2. secret ballot does not mean secret contract

    Teacher contracts are always available to t he public via the internet, or if you go and ask at the district office. SEcret ballot just means that teachers have to ratify the contract via a blind process, as in not "raise your hand if you agree." 

    There's nothing fishy going on in D65 with contracts.

     

  3. secret ballot does not mean secret contract

    Teacher contracts are always available to t he public via the internet, or if you go and ask at the district office. SEcret ballot just means that teachers have to ratify the contract via a blind process, as in not "raise your hand if you agree." 

    There's nothing fishy going on in D65 with contracts.

     

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