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  1. At the end of the day we need to make sure that our children have quality education, which means quality teachers. If we do that through performance based pay rises or fixed pay rises I am not sure, but we need to do something to ensure or kids future learning.

  2. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, in a US Supreme Court opinion in the 1927 case of Compania General Tabacos De Tabocs De Filipinas v. Collector of the Internal Revenue Service stated the matter forthrightly: “Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.”

    Admittedly this is a perpetual battle in American history that reaches back to the eighteenth century. Inevitably it rises to the surface frequently in the twenty-first, whether locally, statewide, or nationally. It is an unending colloquy among Americans.

    I, for one, am most grateful to District 67 and District 115 for the fine educations my son and daughter received. Today both well into the forties, they continue to speak fondly and appreciatively about their teachers.

    • Thank you for that comment Mr Ebner, I agree with you whole heartedly. I am not a teacher, I have never been a teacher, and I have no problem with the wages paid to our teachers. With college costs and student debt spiraling, we can’t expect salaries to remain stagnant. If it’s such an overpaid cakewalk, why aren’t more people flocking to it? When almost every day brings another article about teacher shortages, how do critics of this contract expect to attract and retain the good teachers our district demands?

  3. The D67 teachers get a 23.74 percent raise over 5 years:

    1.0554 X 1.0524 X 1.0375 X 1.0357 X 1.0368=1.2374.

    Remember that this is the overall increase – “steps” for individual seniority are already in place. Since the school board is prohibited by contract from issuing merit increases, teachers get raises simply for staying on the job another year. These yearly increases are in addition to seniority steps. And of course pensions are based off salary. And given Illinois’ pension woes, it is not unlikely that all or a substantial part of liability for teachers’ pensions will be fobbed off onto the taxpayers of the specific Districts from which those teachers retire. So we will reap what we have sown, both at Dist. 67 and 115. It does not take a math whiz to understand the crushing burden this will place on us taxpayers.

    • Isn’t this the highest guaranteed increase ever offered in a contract to public school teachers in Lake Forest? Approved as we head into a period of worldwide financial uncertainty ( and, per usual approved during a period when most taxpayers are on vacation)? Wake up citizens!

  4. Mr. Noble: I’m guessing that you have already raised your children in this district and that now your children have moved on, you don’t want to support other people’s children to have the same benefit as yours did. Why not object to the high admin costs this school district has vs. the cost of the teachers who have direct contact with kids who are the future? I would think that you would want every child in this district to benefit as yours did.

  5. Let’s see, 5.54%, 5.34% increase for the next two years. Everyone should go to their boss and demand those increases (guaranteed). Very reasonable. What’s GDP growth expectations? one or two per-cent. But we’ll beat that. right?

    C

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