Lawmakers may again discuss education law in light of teachers strike

September 20, 2012

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When Illinois lawmakers passed an education reform law known as Senate Bill 7, many thought teacher strikes in Chicago would be a thing of the past.

The bill required 75 percent of teachers to be in favor of a strike.

But in light of the recent teachers strike, one state representative who worked on SB7 tells WBEZ they’ll likely be reviewing that law.

“Many of us were saying, ‘Well we haven’t had strikes for 25 years… so why do we have to go out there and create a bill that is really restrictive on striking when it looks like we’ve already moved a long way from the 80s,’” said Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville).

But she says now lawmakers could be talking about making some changes.  

“I think we’ll analyze and see what we learned through this Chicago experience with the strike and go back and really talk this through to say, “Hey what’s our intent of the bill again, and what do we need to do to either tighten it up or make it workable so that we don’t get there again,” Senger said.

Senger says she hasn’t heard of a specific effort to outlaw strikes.

Meanwhile, the state board of education discussed a possible trailer bill to SB7 during an annual retreat Wednesday.