Teachers strike in Highland Park, Highwood

October 16, 2012

The Associated Press

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — A strike by teachers in Chicago's northern suburbs means classes are canceled for about 4,500 students in Highland Park and Highwood.

The teachers in North Shore School District 112 announced plans to hit the picket lines Tuesday after negotiations ended with no agreement. The district's students range from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

In a statement released early Tuesday, the union contends the district's latest offer would cause the highest salary for North Shore's teachers to fall behind 18 other districts in Lake County.

District officials, however, say they still believe a settlement is possible that will give employees competitive compensation and other benefits. In a statement, School Board President Bruce Hyman blamed the union for failing to offer "any meaningful movement."