Rosemary Kurtz Keeps Campaign Promise to Be Fiscal Conservative

I noticed that the Northwest Herald did not report the vote on the three-years of 4% raises passed by the Crystal Lake High School Board on Tuesday night. The vote was 6-1. Newly-elected Rosemary Kurtz was the only one to … Continue reading

Figures on D155’s 4% Annual Teacher Salary Increases

After I received the press release (15 comments so far) about the contents of the contract from Crystal Lake District 155 last night, I submitted some questions. Those questions and the answers supplied are below: What will the starting salary be … Continue reading

McHenry High School Teacher Contract Finalized

Although no details have been released by the McHenry High School District 156 Board, Make found this in the early morning hours: Comment submitted on 2015/10/10 at 2:28 am The McHenry High School District 156 teacher union Facebook website announced … Continue reading

McHenry High Strike Update

McHenry High School District 156 has posted the following strike update: Strike Update 10-8-­15 The negotiating team is meeting again tonight. Parents are reminded that an emergency call will be made to all families when school resumes. This call may … Continue reading

McHenry High Schools Closed Again on Thursday

Here’s all that is posted on the District 156 web site: Schools are Closed – Thursday, October 8, 2015 Nothing in Spanish. If you have not looked at the power points that the McHenry High School Board presented to citizens … Continue reading

McHenry High School Teacher Negotiations after Board Meeting

After at least an hour and a half of public comment and fifteen minutes of power point information from the school board’s side, the McHenry High School Board and its teacher union went back into negotiations behind closed doors. According … Continue reading

McHenry High School Teachers’ Salaries on Internet

McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser has now published two articles about the McHenry High School teachers strike. The first one is here. The second one lists “School District 156’s Underpaid Teachers,” as the title of the article puts it. … Continue reading

McHenry High School Contract Negotiations

The following was published on McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser’s blog and is reprinted with permission. School District Strike in City of McHenry Posted on October 3, 2015 by Andrew Because nobody else will… I shall. School District 156 … Continue reading

The Teachers’ Union Role in the Pension Shortfall

You will perhaps remember my writing that when a Governor presents his education budget it comes in three parts: higher education k-12 pensions In the 1990’s (at least) the IFT (Illinois Federation  of Teachers) and IEA (Illinois Education Association) lobbyists … Continue reading

Ron Parrish Re-Elected MCC Board President, 3.45% Annual Compensation Increase in Approved Contract

A press release from McHenry County College. (Printed mainly because of the revelation that the average compensation package is said to be increasing 3.45% per year.) MCC Board of Trustees Approves New Full-Time Faculty Contract [April 25, 2014.Crystal Lake, IL] … Continue reading