Currently, a teacher has to work in the same school district for five years to earn tenure. The bill sponsored by State Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) would expand that requirement to 10 years.
“As long as the teacher does not own their job, if you will, then they’re going to be really working to prove (themselves) and do a good job," Cunningham said. "It gives us five more years of encouraging and giving motivation to teachers to really produce.”
Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled Monday that Quinn's plan would violate his agreement with a major union. The Democratic governor signed a deal last year that promised no layoffs or closures if the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees agreed to various cost-cutting measures.
Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford and WBEZ's Sam Hudzik was used in this story.
Gov. Pat Quinn says he will need to lay off 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities to live within a budget sent to him by the General Assembly.
"Decisions made by members of the General Assembly I may or may not agree with, but once they have adopted their budget, it is now the law of our state," Quinn told reporters in Chicago today. "We have to implement this in a responsible manner."
Firefighter Jeff Ratermann (bkgd) and Mayor Francis Slay listen to a presentation about the city's budget during a meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. The Board delayed laying off 30 firefighters for another week.
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Jeff Ratermann plays with his three kids before a meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. Ratermann could be among 30 firefighters laid off to help the city control overspending.
The "long and arduous" fight over the budget for the city's fire department will go on for another week.
The three-member Board of Estimate and Apportionment tabled the layoffs of 30 firefighters at the request of Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed. Reed, comptroller Darlene Green, and Mayor Francis Slay will make the ultimate decision about the layoffs.
The Cahokia School Board will meet tonight to decide whether to lay off up to 70 teachers because of a budget deficit.
School officials have said that lower tax revenues and delayed state payments have left Cahokia's budget about $1 million in the red. Brent Murphy, president of the Cahokia Federation of Teachers, says he hopes that reducing instructors and other staff is not the only solution.