Teachers strike ends

Deal reached in District 300; school resumes Wednesday
By Tara Garcia Mathewson

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Community Unit District 300 teachers walk along Route 31 in West Dundee Tuesday morning after the teachers union went on strike. Photo by Christopher Hankins.

A tentative agreement between Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 and its teachers ended a one-day strike that kept almost 21,000 students and nearly 1,300 teachers out of classes Tuesday, according to district and union representatives.

Details of the three-year agreement were not released Tuesday night, but in a message on the school’s website, district officials said the tentative agreement was fair to teachers and responsible to taxpayers.

Joe Stevens, school board member and district spokesman for negotiations, commented on the contract talks Tuesday through a mass voice mail and email blast to parents and staff members in the district.

“Both LEAD and the board deeply appreciate the amount of public input we have received on these incredibly important issues,” Stevens said. “Your support for our efforts and for the learning environment was impressive. It is clear that we all share a mutual concern for our students’ success.”

The teachers union, LEAD 300, released a similar statement. Union spokesman Mike Williamson said the details of the agreement will not be released before the union members have a chance to see it.

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