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    Posted: 19/April/2011 at 7:28am
The following is a joint statement from Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery, Illinois Education Association President Ken Swanson and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

"We are proud that bold reforms we supported are a part of this bill. From day one, our organizations came to the table and advocated for changes that put Illinois kids first and ensured our teachers can do what they do best: teach. SB 7 is an historic piece of legislation that exists today because of everyone's commitment to putting politics aside and doing what's in the best interest of our kids. We want the best teachers with the most experience teaching our kids. We are proud that we were successful in making sure experience and performance are respected. We have made the process for teacher dismissal more efficient and fair. We protected a teacher's right to due process and made certain there will be more accountability for everyone involved in the education of our students. Sen. Kimberly Lightford's leadership throughout this process is to be commended, and we wholeheartedly support the passage of SB 7. This is proof education employee unions can and should be leaders in reform. "

In semi-local "news": 69 teachers will NOT be returning to District 209 next year. This includes 19 teachers who will be retiring and 50 non-tenured teachers who were told they would not be coming back next year.

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