Teachers are still on the picket lines in the East St. Louis School District. Off the job since October 1, students have not been in class for 12 school days and it appears the union and the East St. Louis School District are not yet ready to settle their differences.
The two sides met last Thursday for about an hour, and both sides said the other would not budge. The union wants more money in an updated pay scale in their contract and the district says it doesn’t have what is requested. As a result, students are at home or on the streets according to some parents and the high school sports teams have been forced to forfeit any games scheduled so far this month. Officials confirm 21 students have transferred out of the district this month, but the school district could not confirm if each student used the strike as an excuse.