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Lake Forest High School District 115 and Chicago school teachers went on strike this week.
Lake Forest High School District 115 teachers went on strike this week after negotiations over salaries and benefits failed to produce an agreement.
The district has proposed salary increases over the next three years of 2.6 percent, 3.4 percent and 3.4 percent, the Chicago Tribune reported. By comparison, the teachers have asked for raises of 5.6, 6.5 and 5.6 percent, the newspaper reported. The newspaper reported that the district also asked teachers to begin paying for a percentage of their insurance.
Although some movement has been made on issues such as health insurance and a two-tiered salary structure, the salary issue remains a sticking point.
The Lake Forest High School District 115 strike came on the heels of the Chicago Teachers Union work stoppage. A tentative agreement was reached on Friday in Chicago, the New York Times reported.
Talks in Lake Forest, however, did not produce an agreement Friday.
The Illinois State Board of Education's 2011 report card for Lake Forest District 115 states that the average teacher salary was $106,457, far above the state average of $64,978.
The school district spends about $12,008 per student, about double the state average, for instruction. The operational cost per student is $21,931, compared to the state average of $11,537.
The district's test scores exceed state averages. For example, its composite ACT score was 26.8 compared to the state average of 20.6.
For comparison, Township High School District 211 which serves several communities including Schaumburg and Palatine, has an average teacher salary of $97,127. The district's composite ACT was 22.8.
Other district report cards can found here.
The Lake Forest strike impacts about 1,700 students and 150 staff members, the Chicago Tribune reported.