Highland Park Teachers Reach Tentative Deal

Students return to class Wednesday

By Lauren Petty
|  Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012  |  Updated 7:17 AM CDT
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Teachers Strike in Highland Park

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Teachers Strike in Highland Park

More than 400 Highland Park and Highwood teachers walked off the job just after midnight, and teachers say the two sides are far from an agreement; perhaps even farther apart now than when negotiations began. Christian Farr reports.
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School is back in session Wednesday for about 4,000 students in north suburban Highland Park.

The District 112 school board and the North Shore Education Association reached a tentative deal early Wednesday, a day after teachers went on strike.

Teachers made the announcement just after 5 a.m. on the union's Facebook page after a 17-hour marathon negotiation session.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support over the past 24 hours. We are happy to report that the NSEA and Board of Education have reached a tentative agreement. Details will be shared with members at a future time. School will be back in session TODAY."

Talks started at noon Tuesday while teachers walked the picket lines calling for improvements in salary, benefits and reimbursement for continuing education.

It's not clear how they came to the deal or what the deal entails after both sides indicated Tuesday they were very far apart.

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