Evergreen Park schools closed as strike enters 2nd day

October 3, 2012 (EVERGREEN PARK, Ill.)

Now that teachers are off their jobs, many parents are scrambling to find child care.

The school district and its teachers are at odds over increased health insurance costs, decreased retirement benefits and methods teacher evaluations.

"Hold me accountable for doing my job and for doing a good job. But you can't hold me accountable for certain children meeting a growth target that was devised by a computer program," said teacher Sherry Sabbath.

"I've seen the board's proposal move toward the union request each and every time they've met," said Superintendent Dr. Robert Machak.

Some families with children are joining teachers on the picket line. No negotiations are scheduled this week.

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