A report in the Springfield State Journal-Register seems to confirm our worst fears.
Two education reform groups unveiled a landmark package of education reforms Wednesday that would end the practice of using seniority to determine which teachers are the first to be laid off in tough budget times.
The package, the language of which is still being drafted, also would tighten the circumstances under which teachers could strike. It would require teachers’ unions and the school district release their last contract offer to the public before a strike vote occurs.
In Chicago, three-fourths of the members of the Chicago Teachers Union would have to vote to strike before one could be called. There is no similar requirement for downstate teachers, who would need a majority.
The package will eventually be introduced as an amendment to Senate Bill 7. The bill is expected to be heard in a legislative committee on Thursday morning, according to officials with Stand for Children, an education reform group that dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into 2010 legislative races.
Education reformers said they and the state’s teachers’ unions, all of whom have been negotiating with state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Chicago, for months, have agreed to the legislation.