St. Louis Public Radio News
10:44 am
Thu October 17, 2002

Collinsville Strike Looms; IL Schools Deficit Spend

Collinsville, IL – Teachers in Collinsville say they'll walk off the job on Tuesday, if today's final negotiating session doesn't work out.

The 400 teachers want an 18% raise over the next three years. The district is offering 12%.

The looming strike came as the State Board of Education met in Collinsville yesterday. The Board released a survey claiming 80-85% of Illinois school districts are running on deficit budgets.

Three years ago, only 46% of the Illinois' districts were draining reserves or borrowing to meet their budgets. One downstate superintendent wrote an email to State Superintendent Robert Schiller saying "Dear Doctor Schiller, I am broke."