Students in Dixon Illinois will not be returning to the classroom again this week as the teachers continue their strike. According to the Dixon Education Association, negotiations and picketing continue while there are still issues left to be resolved.
Some sources indicate that the teachers are asking for a 4% raise now and for the next three years while the board is offering 2% this year and 2% or less for the next three years. But the teachers say it's not just about money. Other sources indicate there are differences on retirement and health insurance as well.
"In reality what we're doing is right.", said DEA spokesperson Dolph Ricks. "It's in the best interest of our students and obviously we want to get everyone back to school."
The Dixon Public School Board asked for a 3 week cooling off period on Sunday, which was rejected by the DEA. The period would have allowed students and teachers to return to school today.