School District 204 has been busy lately. First, board members managed to find a compromise to preserve the music technique program that so many people thought was essential to maintaining a healthy music program. They did this by instituting a fee of a little more than a hundred dollars, which was compared to the price of calculators needed for some higher level math classes.
Next, the district said it would be rehiring 70 of the 145 teachers it said it was laying off. The district also approved a new contract with teachers that freezing wages for the next school year and has teachers pay more for health care. For the following year, teachers would receive a 1.26 percent raise.
Now, the district is considering urging lawmakers to approve a "deadbeat amendment" to state law that would allow the district to withhold making tax payments to the state while the state is delinquent in its payments to the district.
What are your thoughts on these developments?