District 65 Educators’ Council (DEC) September 2012
On Friday September 7, 2012 the District 65 teachers approved the tentative contract agreement by secret ballot vote. The contract was presented and approved by the District 65 School Board at their September 10th meeting.
The teachers wish to thank the parents and community members, who expressed support during the many months of negotiations. Those expressions of support have deeply touched us. The teachers are also appreciative of the time, energy and effort put forth from both the DEC and the School Board’s bargaining teams. After six months of bargaining and many late night sessions we are pleased that the new agreement improves several areas of the learning and working environment and also provides avenues for making future improvements.
Education and teaching have changed dramatically in the last twenty years and we feel that this professional agreement reflects that changing environment. The agreement differentiates the various educators’ roles and address several concerns about workload and professional planning time. The agreement has updated language to include the Illinois civil union law. It restores the joint special education committee giving teachers and administrators a venue to plan, discuss and problem solve the inclusion program. The agreement creates a joint task force to study the feasibility of a daily K-5 fine arts program. And finally, it includes a feasibility study on equipping all classrooms with air conditioning.
The District 65 teachers are eager to continue the long tradition of high quality instruction in the Evanston-Skokie community and consider it an honor to work in a community that values and respects education for all children.