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District 200 to Lay Off 35 Teachers

District 200 Board of Education approves resolution to dismiss 35 teachers.

Community Unit School District 200 will lay off 35 teachers this spring. The District 200 Board of Education approved a resolution authorizing the dismissal of non-tenured teachers Wednesday, Triblocal reported Thursday.

Illinois School Code requires that staff receive notice of non-renewal or honorable dismissal 45 days before the end of the school term, according to the District 200 website.

According to Triblocal, District 200 Superintendent Dr. Brian Harris said staff is in the process of planning for next year's enrollment and staffing.

MILTON PD April 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Thank Chicago Democrats.
fiscallyconservativesociallyliberal April 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Milton PD, Please let me know how Chicago Democrats are responsible for an housing bubble that was left to root it's ugly head by both democrats and republicans alike? Furthermore, if a layoff or cutback is necessary why is district 200 only looking to get rid of non-tenured teachers? Shouldn't they look to lay off the 35 least competent teachers? Why doesn't D200 look to employ a 21st century teacher evaluation / professional development system that can help to identify such issues, and help to resolve them where possible, and unfortunately could be a useful tool in this situation. Furthermore were these layoffs quazi needed to cut fat from the system, or purely economically motivated? If economically motivated perhaps we could have tried an alternative. Perhaps the city could have contributed instead of replacing all holiday lights with LED, or perhaps turn them off after 10PM to save electricity cost, or some other alternative.
MILTON PD April 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Chicago Democrats have controlled our state for a long time, even during the housing boom we still couldn't pay our bills. Liberals always look to the tax payers to solve their problems. God forbid teachers take a pay cut. Most retired teachers are living high on the hog even when poor people are struggle to eat and get basic services, but and all you can do is blame Bush. Did you know Blago stole Billions from the state employees pension fund. Did you know Dick Durbin is pushing new laws to let illegals, sorry undocumented immigrants receive US tax payer money and entitlements. Maybe the employed teachers can take a pay cut to help their colleges keep their job, you know spread the wealth around. Time for teachers to start feeling the pain the rest of us have been dealing with for years.
Chris April 13, 2012 at 07:20 PM
As a District 200 teacher (and a conservative) my salary has been frozen for the last two years, even as my insurance rates and everything else has continued to cost more. My class sizes are larger as the district has fired many teachers over the last few years. We are teaching more students, with less resources. We have been doing our part. As for living high on the hog, the ave pension for a retired teacher in Illinois is about $41,000. After teaching children for 35 years, having 9% of our salary taken out of every check and put into the pension fund, I don't think that is too much to expect to live off of since we are not eligible for Social Security.
MILTON PD April 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
You don't pay into SS why would get it, paying in 9% allows you to avoid this and not have to worry about waiting til 65 or 67 to tap into it. Is your state pension taxed? Your so used to getting salary increases or raises after you get a masters degree you think a 2 year freeze is a penalty. Teachers contribute 9.4 percent of their pay to their retirement plan. They don't get Social Security when they retire if they receive a teacher's pension. TRS officials said pensions like the ones that appear on the UTA list are anomalies. Statewide, 87,654 retired teachers receive pensions, not including former Chicago School District teachers. More than 2,100 TRS pensioners receive amounts over $100,000 a year, agency officials said. The average annual pension from the teachers' plan is $42,782 this year. A day of reckoning in here, to bad unions and democrat promised so much. Collective bargaining has killed non-union employees and tax payers.
MILTON PD April 14, 2012 at 02:51 AM
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120413/news/704139963/graphics/DA115343412/
Lisa April 16, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Chris, I think you should edit Milton PD's response. He obviously didn't do well in language arts class. Ha! Milton, while teachers don't pay into Social Security, that means that they don't enjoy the predicability of payments that Social Security provides. If the state pension fund goes bankrupt, our children's teachers have NO retirement. Being a state worker is no picnic. And, no, you cannot blame the Democrats when the financial crisis was started during the Bush years and carried forth by a now overwhelmingly Republican Congress. I agree that collective bargaining has its problems, but most of the benefits we all enjoy, union or not, like the 40 hour work week, vacation time, etc. was bargained for by a UNION. So, don't throw that baby out with the bath water.
Lisa April 16, 2012 at 02:54 PM
p.s. You can fail to educate children who are immigrants, or are actually Americans, but who have immigrant parents, but where does that leave us? What possible good can come from having a population of children who will one day be adults who are uneducated or ill because they lack health care? I belive this would be biting off the proveribal nose to spite the face.
MILTON PD April 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
@Lisa, I guess you forgot we were delivered us a huge whack eight months after Bush took office. You didn't you see Bush running around blaming Clinton for years of weakness and inadequate response to terrorism. It has been estimated that single day cost us an aggregate total (public and private ) of 2.5 trillion dollars. Yes, Republican members of the senate and congress can be blamed for some of the current problems we face as a nation but the problems in Illinois started long before Bush came to town. The recession help accelerate the problem but it was coming anyway so now its time to deal with it. Some teachers are over paid, some are under paid but most are paid appropriately. The main issue is pension reform. How much does the employee pay in and how much should the tax payers contribute. Worker rules also need to be addressed as well as long term benefits to them and there families. Illegal Immigration which continues to this day is not a laughing matter. Nearly 150 agents have given there lives working on the Mexican - American border. Many schools outside of Dist 200 face over crowding due to non US citizens who enroll there kids into public schools. This again is being fueled by Chicago Democrat Dick Durbin who creates division in order to gain more support (votes) for his next election. I know were fighting a losing cause since but at least we can say we tried.
Jim The Used Car Salesman April 16, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Jim McMahon is Milton PD! To find out more about Jim McMahon, check this out... http://www.ripoffreport.com/liars/jim-mcmahon/jim-mcmahon-jim-sold-a-car-to-b018c.htm
Chuck Hastings May 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Excellent comments and of course, follow the simple concept of "common sense". Unfortunately, this approach toward many things does not occur any longer. A some point I hope and pray that all of us join forces to stop the senseless actions and behavior that is destroying us! Unfortunately, we are all destined for disaster and not until then, when we realize just how deep the hole is we have slid into, we we wish that a more common sense approach to things was followed. The Board of Education, I'm sure, does not wish to hurt the district with their behaviors....unfortunately, their actions are doing just that and none of them has the ability to say "stop" as the forces that would oppose them would be overwhelming.
John Mihas May 03, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Miltonpd or Jim or whoever you are. How quickly you forget how Big Jim and George Ryan have screwed over the state. How about the Milton township, another layer of wasteful government spending.

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