Huntley-area teachers file intent-to-...

Huntley-area teachers file intent-to-strike notice

There are 36 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 12, 2008, titled Huntley-area teachers file intent-to-strike notice. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Huntley-area teachers filed notice Tuesday that they could walk off their jobs next week - three days before the start of classes.

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No idea

Blackstone, IL

#21 Aug 20, 2008
I love how people have no idea wtf they are talking about, but yet blab away.

Does anyone know what was added i the last contract that is being taken away now???

Has anyone heard the unions side?? NOPE, with good reason. I suspect you will soon.

Does anyone know that the union agreed last time to a .5% annual raise because the district was in so much debt??? And now has a surplus of money...

Does anyone know that the average Huntley teacher will make less under the boards proposal?

Maybe you should complain about baseball and football players, CEO's, and most of corporate america before you slam the people that are doing a better job of raising your children than you are.
Raise them UP

Normal, IL

#22 Aug 21, 2008
The ony thing that has to be done is make every teacher accountable for their performance. If you are a good teacher then you will be compensated accordingly. If you are not a good teacher then you don't receive a raise, but maybe additional training and if that doesn't help then they show you the door. It is truely that simple, some of the best teachers I had and my kids had, could control a class and teach each and every student. You get what you pay for is not the case with all public schools. Just so you know my kids school doesn't have air conditioning, as long as my child isn't dying from the heat thats OK. They didn't mind the heat all summer when they were outside playing in it! Quit making sissies out of the kids today!!!


#23 Aug 24, 2008
Does anyone ever consider the children the students who are being wronged by a stike? This is a down year for all money wise. Hang in there teachers and maybe next year will get you what you want. But lets think of the students. Maybe that is why other countries are surpassing us in education. They are commited to teaching!!
Free for all

Chicago, IL

#24 Aug 27, 2008
More proof that teachers are only doing it "for the children."

Algonquin, IL

#25 Aug 27, 2008
I may not have all the facts about the teachers side, but my husband is lucky to get a raise every year, even if it's just 2%, his benefits suck and has a lousy pension, so should he strike?! No, he can choose to look for another job or deal with what he's getting. In this economy, we are happy for what we have. My kids have had some great teachers and they have had some that are only there for the teachers hours. One teacher was out for surgery for 6 weeks and was absent at least one day a week for the whole year. If this were a corporation, that teacher would have been fired. There's got to be a better way to run the school system and treat it more like a corporation in the real world. I would be embarassed to be one of these teachers, they seem so greedy in this economy.
a redneck

Hampshire, IL

#26 Sep 2, 2008
Dutch Oven wrote:
And what do these ridiculously high property taxes go to in Huntley? 9k per year in property taxes for an average 2500 Square Foot home. We are being scammed. These schools in Huntley are not good to begin with. We are being ripped off!
Duh haven't yu seen the new schools and the smart classrooms? or maybe even the new teachers. What about your taxes in Schaumburg? what about your over 10% salees tax? what about living about 6 feet away from your neighbor. I guess the overcrowding in your schools isn't the samee. you have mobile trailers at a lot of those schools. Huntley doesn't.
a redneck

Hampshire, IL

#27 Sep 2, 2008
easyE wrote:
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I love the walk a mile mentality. So teaching isn't easy??? Get out of here. Guess what they became teacher, we didn't force them to. My job isn't simple either. Ever deal with clients paying millions of dollars for your company's services, that's pressure. Not to mention, having to leave your wife and kids at home, while you have to fly to business meetings weeks at a time, working all hours of the night to keep your job, including weekends.... but guess what, this was my choice to work here. If I want a higher paying job or if I want a job with less hours, I can get one.
How DID you learn? oh wait - a teacher!! That's your own fault for not wanting more money or less hours. boo hoo. Stand up for yourself, the way the teachers are. while you are on your long business trips- your children are in good hand at school. they probably raise your kids more than you did.

Huntley, IL

#28 Sep 12, 2008
you know I pay 7k per year in property tax.. and dont use the pathetic warehouses that pass for schools at all. I drive my kids to crystal lake to a private school. YOU SHOULD DO THE SAME; this is going to go on every 3 years. they called last night and said they intend to strike. Private school teachers have a vocation.. the lower money is part of that vocation. If teachers dont have a vocation they shouldn;t teach. i worked many a year and a 10% raise every year was unheard of except for exceptional performance. YOUR TEST SCORES ARE NOT EXCEPTIONAL.. even compared to the public schools in crystal lake..
concerned mom

Carpentersville, IL

#29 Sep 12, 2008
Maybe you are one of the teachers, thats why you got so mad!

youonedumbstudent wrote:
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You shutup!! Teachers deserve a raise.
kids now and days make it harder for teachers to teach. You must lack of education to write such a stupid comment, go back to work at aldis or cleaning toilets at Mcdonlds!! to type Reckless as your name that says it all!! Oh! and go back to school!!
MamaB_of _3

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Sep 12, 2008
I can't believe these are adults in this thread. The grammar is horrible, the language is laughable and no one seems to know what they are talking about. You should be ashamed of your bantering. Do any of you have kids in the school district? If so...what are you teaching them?

Carpentersville, IL

#31 Sep 12, 2008
You just registered on a website full of idiots, don't judge others - have you seen what they are doing?

Carpentersville, IL

#32 Sep 12, 2008
By you joining in, you represent the idiots on that website...
MamaB_of _3

Minneapolis, MN

#33 Sep 13, 2008
And what does that say about you then?

I know what is happening in d158.

I have 3 kids in 3 schools there. I have had only one bad teacher experience with all 3 of my kids in 9 years and that teacher left that year. My kids all are accelerated and I give a lot of credit to the teachers that have motivated and pushed them along the way.

I can see that the economy is bad and we should all be happy to have jobs.

Then I can see that the teachers have been slighted in the past, have terrible retirement packages and the board is not always the nicest bunch to deal with.

I don't see how calling people names is helping either sides cause.

I just find it funny that the people who are making the most noise seem to need a refresher course in Language Arts.


#34 Sep 15, 2008
youonedumbstudent wrote:
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You shutup!! Teachers deserve a raise.
kids now and days make it harder for teachers to teach. You must lack of education to write such a stupid comment, go back to work at aldis or cleaning toilets at Mcdonlds!! to type Reckless as your name that says it all!! Oh! and go back to school!!
^ def a teacher, def a woman...

Pittsboro, NC

#35 Apr 12, 2009
George in Winnipeg wrote:
The poor state of the constantly underperforming students and their abysmal test scores is a direct function of the incompetance of the teachers. Yes all of the teachers who continie to demand MORE money and continue to fund the union lobby. Who REFUSE to be accountable for the product they produce. YES, I said product.
Please do not engage in psycho-bable of how one cannot treat ones out put as a commodity. If not a commodity then it's the service. The poor service performed by these "caring" professionals is NOT acceptable.
Untill there is real reform with the rank and file these union members will continue to provide substandard service for ever increasing costs. Plain and simple.
Why aren't you a public school teacher then? You seem to be arguing that they should be grateful for what they have. Why, in that case, are you teaching at private school? I know the answer because I'm a public school teacher, but you are acting like you're a martyr because you don't make much money. It's not the money that makes teaching a public schools difficult for most. It's the difficulty that motivating unmotivated students and teaching students complicated concepts when they do not have the necessary pre-requisite knowledge that's difficult. I raised the scores of my Geometry students by more than 200% in my second year of teaching, but it required an inhumane amount of effort. I'm an excellent public school teacher, but am considering not being one any more because working 16-hour days to help unmotivated students or students who are not ready for your class academically (because of being passed from grade to grade without getting the basic concepts) is not sustainable.
Also, the "product" that is your class at the end is highly impacted by what the class is when you first get it. If your class is made up for 60% repeaters vs. 10% repeaters for another teacher, is it fair to compare the final classes? The comparison should take into account these inherent problem: that different teachers get very different class compositions.
And finally, I would like for you to explain again why you are a private school teacher if it is so much more difficult? Is it really because you wanted a challenge or is it because you were avoiding the challenge that public school teaching presents? It is a difficult, and I mean, difficult job to teach in some of America's public schools.
Fed Up at D158

Huntley, IL

#36 Nov 28, 2013
I agree with so much written here. Teachers supposedly are in it for helping the kids and love of their job but they always cry for more. These schools are already going down hill because of the libtard attitudes from within. Teachers already get so much time off (that I don't) but continue to want to make more and more money. They claim they work nights and weekends grading papers. B.S.! My kids papers have so many grading mistakes. Most likely from the minions of the teachers doing the grading. So called "educators" are such an elitist group who think their s%#t doesn't stink. I could do a better job if I didn't have to work such long hours to pay their salaries.

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