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Lake Forest Teachers Release Final Offer, Board Decries Tactics

A week after union declares impasse, the educators release an overview of their final offer and the Board criticizes teachers’ methods.

The Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) teachers’ union released an overview of its final offer to the Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education Friday and the Board responded by criticizing the educators’ methods as well as some of their information.

The LFEA set forth its overview in a news release from spokesperson Chuck Gress and the Board reacted to the information by issuing a statement to Patch a few hours later.

Rather than distill the language of the parties positions, Patch has published both the entire release and the Board’s response as attachments to this article so those interested can read the two statements side by side.

The next mediation session between the two sides is Thursday.

For a complete review of the Patch coverage of this issue since late July, please take a look at our summary page.

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Me August 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM
One of their points seems to be that since a large number of veteran teachers are about to retire, the taxpayers can now afford to pay the remaining teachers a higher salary. The combined impact will be to lower the overall cost of salaries over the next five years. Their analysis stops short of saying what the long-term cost will be. What happens if you take their increases out 15-20 years? Probably not so pretty.
Retired Teacher August 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I have lived in the District for over 40 years and paid significant taxes that whole time to support the school system. My benefit for all those taxes is the not very spectacular education of one child. I am now retired and have considerable difficulty meeting the taxes I have to pay to support these greedy educators. We're all suffering from the current economic situation -- let them share in the suffering.
Joe August 18, 2012 at 04:34 PM
What kind of example does the union set for our children when they break the rules? Are they blinded by their greed? Perhaps the board should consider a lock out.
Ted August 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The teachers and the administration live in lala land. Teacher pay and benefits need to be reduced and the number of administrators and their pay packages also need to be cut. I am so tired of hearing "it is all about the children" when the teachers and administrators could care less about the children and only worry about enriching themselves. Let the teachers strike and replace them. Get rid of tenure and lifetime pensions. In the real world, nobody gets lifetime employment and lifetime pensions (except for Congressmen).
publishthefacts August 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Publish your offer board and let the public see the truth. Now you are complaining because the truth is on the table. Let the tax payers see the facts from both sides. The public has been screaming for more information and you refuse to provide it. And if you feel that the teachers unions info isn't accurate than publish yours!!!!
Jim August 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
What's missing from the Union's proposal - performance or merit increases. Good teachers get increases, bad teachers get increase. WHY? We need to send a mesage to the Union, we will pay for performance. How about a teacher survey at the end of each semester. Sure, you will get the angry student/parent responses, but for the most part, you will get honest reviews. How many parents have asked the school to address a teacher issue and have received the "you need to work it out" answer. How many parents/students have stayed quiet in fear of the teacher taking it out on the student? Several! Someone else said it, but it neeeds to be repeated, if I was a great teacher, I would hate to be put in the same group as bad teachers. And to all the teacher "supporters" out there, there are bad teachers in LFHS, very bad teachers, making well over $100,000 a year and planning to retire at 55!!! My retirement age; 67. After we address this issue, let's address an admin making $250,000 a year.
being really equal!! August 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Come on wake up people. The board is all self rightous about how there is no money. Ok if there is no money than everyone should suffer. So why are administrators getting paid insane salaries? Seems a bit discriminatory for the board to be claiming that teachers are asking for too much and not doing a thing about the outrageous administrative salaries. Everyone seems to focus on the being far and all suffering. How come the board isn't making any of the administrators suffer. Will they be taking a pay cut and insurance increase? Why are you not all yelling about that!!!!
s cee September 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
No one else makes this kind of money with free insurance and cushy retirement. Let alone dental insurance and huger freebies. To add insult to in jury how many people get 12 to 15 weeks off a year paid? Greedy unions do not care about kids or their long suffering families.
Car Phone September 15, 2012 at 08:21 AM
The attached 5 Lake Forest Education Association (LFEA) overview of it's final offer is an abbreviated version of its complete 12 page final offer. The complete 12 page final offer is dated August 17, 2018 (note the date of this article is August 18) and located right now at http://www2.illinois.gov/elrb/Documents/FinalOffers/LFEA-FinalIMPASSE-DOCUMENT-8-17-2012.pdf and http://www2.illinois.gov/elrb/Pages/FinalOffers.aspx. I say right now because the Illinois Education Labor Review Board (IELRB) does not archive the final offers indefinitely but rather eventually removes them. The IELRB has removed final offers in just the last few months. Why not leave all final offers on the IELRB website for historical purposes, they don't take up much room. And why didn't the LFEA submit the entire 12 page final offer to the Patch? If LFEA wanted to submit an overview final offer for some reason fine, but LFEA should also submit the complete version to the Patch. That's a lack of transparency. Most people don't know to visit the IELRB website to view the complete final offer.
Car Phone September 15, 2012 at 08:22 AM
typo, August 17, 2012 not August 17, 2018.

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