GEA Forum Encourages Community Questions

Continuing-CoverageWhile mediation was ongoing last night, the Galesburg Education Association was reaching out to parents and community members.

The “Parent Forum,” as it was described, gave parents and other interested residents an opportunity to ask questions of the GEA to better understand the issues holding up contract talks.

Staying true to earlier reports, the GEA says they continue to have concerns over safe working environments and a just cause for firings, among other things.

Galesburg High School English Teacher Laurie Aten tells WGIL there are a few reasons they decided to hold the forum.

“We felt that it would be helpful to share information with parents, and provide a setting where they could ask questions, and we could clarity or provide other information that they might not have known yet.”

Last night was the first of three scheduled parent forums this week.  CLICK HERE for information on forums scheduled for today and Thursday.

Although there were several questions about the current teacher evaluation scale, a challenge was given on the issue of mold in schools.  District 205 Superintendent Bart Arthur’s wife, who made an appearance at the forum, questioned the GEA’s statements on mold in schools.

After saying windows were opened prior to air-quality tests last year, teachers answering the questions said they weren’t necessarily trying to suggest the issue of mold was misrepresented.

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