WAUKEGAN – There’s apparently a stalemate in teachers union contact talks in the Waukegan Public Schools district, and the union is talking strike.
There’s nothing unusual about that, particularly in Illinois, where teacher strikes are practically a way of life.
We stand by what we’ve repeated many times about teacher strikes – they should not be tolerated under any circumstance. Children across the nation have an absolute right to a publicly funded education, uninterrupted by adult disagreements over money and power.
But the situation in Waukegan is particularly troubling because of the union’s “bottom-line offer to avoid a strike.”
The union is apparently willing to scale back its salary demands, if the district is willing to shorten the school year by three days, according to a report from SunTimes.com.
That plan is completely unacceptable.