Strike ends for schools in Highland Park, Highwood

October 17, 2012

The Associated Press

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — A teachers' strike in suburban Chicago is over after leaving more than 4,000 students out of class for just one day.

Negotiators in North Shore School District 112 reached a tentative agreement early Wednesday to end the strike. That means classes are back on for students in Highland Park and Highwood. The district's students range from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Teachers began walking the picket line Tuesday after talks failed to come up with a deal. The issues included retirement benefits, salary and compensation for graduate work.

The union and the district resumed negotiations at noon Tuesday. Pamela Kramer of the North Shore Education Association says the marathon session ended with a fair contract that's competitive with other districts.