Readers React to the End of the Teachers' Strike
After a day-long strike and an over 14 hour-long bargaining session, Highland Park's elementary and middle school teachers have reached a tentative agreement with the District 112 School Board.
Highland Park residents are still awaiting more details about the tentative agreement reached by the city's elementary and middle school teachers' union and school board after one day of striking and over 14 hours of bargaining earlier this week.
But that's not stopping readers from sharing excitement that the strike has ended.
"I am pround of our teachers, but am also pround of the board," writes Lee on Patch.
Many readers hope that the end of the strike means the beginning of a more in-depth conversation about the district's finances.
"All of us need to accept that this district must undergo a dramatic redesign in order to avoid this exact situation in two to three years when the teachers' contract is up again," writes Samantha Stolberg.
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"One of the most important things to come out of this process is the knowledge that there is much to do in District 112," he writes. "Let's get started."
One Indian Trail teacher tweeted her joy that she was able to return to her students on Wednesday.
"So excited to be going back to the classroom!" reads a tweet by Stefanie Labellarte. "Thanks for all of your hard work, negotiations team and HP for the support!"
Of course, not everyone was happy to see the strike end.
"I have a very unhappy 10 year old," writes Joe. "No, not pro-union or pro-teacher, just pro strike, had his whole day planed out."