DuPage Special Education Teachers on Verge of Strike

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Byline: Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah Daily Herald Staff Writer

At least 48 special education teachers in DuPage County will be headed for a strike in as little as 10 days, affecting more than 320 students.

The teachers work for the School Association for Special Education in DuPage County, a consortium of school districts that pays them.

After rejecting the latest contract offer from SASED, the union representing these special education teachers met for nearly three hours Tuesday before voting in favor of a strike.

The teachers have not set a date yet on when they will walk, said John Rodino, who is part of the union's negotiating team. The 48-member union will now file an intent to strike notice with the Illinois labor board, which must be done 10 days before an impending strike.

There are altogether 63 special education teachers in SASED, which serves students from Lisle District 202, West Chicago Elementary District 33, Benjamin School District 25, Community High School District 94, Winfield Elementary School District 34, Keeneyville Elementary School District 20, and nine other districts in the southeastern DuPage. …