Mokena, 2011

Mokena Elementary School third-grade special education teacher Cathy Lark readies her room six days before classes start for the 2011-2012 school year. In the spring of 2010, the district, in the midst of a massive budget crisis, laid off several teachers, including non-tenured special ed teachers, and made cuts including canceling all extracurricular activities. Lark, who has both special ed certification and tenure, was moved to back to special ed after 16 years in general education. The Mokena 159 School District has since put up three referenda to address the $2.7 million deficit. The measure failed each time.

Mokena Elementary School third-grade special education teacher Cathy Lark readies her room six days before classes start for the 2011-2012 school year. In the spring of 2010, the district, in the midst of a massive budget crisis, laid off several teachers, including non-tenured special ed teachers, and made cuts including canceling all extracurricular activities. Lark, who has both special ed certification and tenure, was moved to back to special ed after 16 years in general education. The Mokena 159 School District has since put up three referenda to address the $2.7 million deficit. The measure failed each time. Patch.com

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