...be offered $15,000 AND get an honorable dismissal. Eymarde Lawler and Michelle Frakes did (they declined the $15,000). Take a look at the lawsuit below that was filed on August 28, 2012.
Discharged teachers offered deal
District 150 to give educators $15,000, resignation agreement
Five tenured Peoria School District 150 teachers discharged last spring because of unsatisfactory evaluations will receive $15,000 each and be allowed to resign retroactively. District 150 board members approved the resignation agreement Monday.
The agreement was a response, in part, to charges that the district used elements of the state's landmark education reform laws, known as Senate Bill 7, to dismiss teachers unfairly.
The law's major sponsors, state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, and Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, visited Peoria in May to discuss how the district was implementing elements of the law related to evaluations and teacher seniority rights.
Under Senate Bill 7, teachers with seniority are no longer automatically the first rehired when districts lay off staff members.
Two teachers, Michelle Frakes and Eymarde Lawler, rejected the settlement and have filed lawsuits against the district. "They will lose," Eisenhammer said.
He acknowledged the new law will have harsh results for some teachers. However, the district and the union still are working on alternatives, he said. Source