The agreement provides for two additional days for career development, with half of each day reserved for teachers. The agreement provides opportunities for teachers with high grades in schools with high fluctuation rates to obtain a $6,000 scholarship, as well as a language that increases the starting salary of those hired for “difficult-to-fill” positions. Board member Gianina Baker said it was not easy for her to vote for the new agreement. She cited the frustration of community members who spoke in favour of a charter school project, which was rejected by the board earlier this year. The purpose of the charter school was to address the fact that blacks are disciplined in the district with higher rates and are academically less good than their white peers. The union`s last agreement with the district expired on June 30, and the new agreement is retroactive to that date. “I wanted to hang on to professional development days and I was told I had called a strike,” he said. “When I knew what it was going to do, how it was going to disrupt the school year and what impact it could have over years, the impact that would affect the community, I didn`t think it was in the borough`s interest to oust a strike. But at the same time, I can`t ignore the work that still needs to be done. The Champaign Teachers` Federation ratified the treaty with 98 per cent of the members who voted in favour, according to CFT President Jennifer White. The Board of Directors and the union reached an interim agreement after the CFT filed a 10-day strike intention. In addition, the agreement provides for allowances or paid leave of up to 21 hours per year for teachers who make visits to students` accommodations. Teachers who are on the salary plan also receive an average increase of 4.25 per cent per year, and those who are not on the agenda receive a pay increase of 3 per cent per year. The Champaign Unit 4 School District has officially avoided a strike.
On Tuesday, the Education Commission union and union 4 voted in favour of a new three-year teaching contract. White wrote in a text message that the union was excited about the contract, especially by the language of kindergarten class hats and home visits. The new contract also provides caps for kindergarten classes from 24 students for the current school year, 23 for the next school year and 22 for the 2020/21 school year.