The outstanding issues can be generally placed in a few broad categories: salary, school day extension, professional leadership opportunities for our members, the TIF grant, performance evaluation, and so-called quality of life issues which help students as well as teachers. In the latter category are issues such as case load and class size, space concerns in our schools, and so on. The long and the short of it is, on all of the above we are making progress, albeit slowly. And with eight upcoming sessions scheduled, we look forward to continued progress. All of this brings us to scratching our heads as we read the superintendent’s latest pronouncement on these matters.
Negotiations have continued, and our teams held an all-day negotiating session last week and the week before. We have scheduled another eight sessions this month. We have made steady progress, which we hope and expect will continue.