Next Negotiation Session

The next round of negotiations will be held this Sunday (3/10/13) at 12:00. There will be a rally outside central office beforehand from 11:00 – 12:00 a.m. Please join us in supporting our team!! Bring as many people with you as you possibly can!

Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” this weekend!

Dixon Parents Stand United Facebook

Please visit the “Dixon Parents Stand United” Facebook page for an important message to the parents and other community members of Dixon.

Please join us!

The teachers of the Dixon Education Association would like to invite the parents and members of the community to join us tomorrow (Friday 3/8) at central office from 12 – 1. We will be there to support our negotiation team as they head into another negotiation session with the school board. Please join us!

Parent information meeting and PowerPoint

Click on the link below to download and view the PowerPoint presentation from the parent information meeting that was held at the Dixon Elks on Wednesday evening.

DEA Parent Night Presentation  (PowerPoint)

DEA Parent Night Presentation (Adobe reader – pdf. file)

Video of the parent presentation:





Board rejects DEA offer

This afternoon the Dixon Education Association sent a union pre-ratified proposal to the Dixon Board of Education. This proposal had already been ratified by DEA members, meaning that if the board had accepted it, students and teachers would have been back in the classroom on Thursday.  The board REJECTED the offer.

The Dixon Education Association will be holding a parent information meeting at the Dixon Elks, 1279 Franklin Grove Road this evening from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Please join us for this presentation and opportunity to have your questions answered by the teachers.

A Letter to the Editor of the Telegraph – 3/5/13

By Carolyn Brechon Dixon

The Dixon teachers strike is a final cry for help to an indifferent superintendent and board, both of whom have no clue to teachers’ working conditions, lack of needed materials, non-reimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, and the many extra hours worked for the sake of their students.

To the board: How accessible are you, really? How many emails have you not answered? How can taxpayers contact you by phone when phone numbers have been changed? Why are teachers, who are also taxpayers, not allowed to contact you?

Being elected to the board is an honor with an obligation to the people who elected you. If you don’t want to communicate with them, please do not run for this position.

During negotiations, you need to remember that you are in control of the situation, not Superintendent Juenger. The superintendent answers to the board, not the board to the superintendent.

To Mayor Burke: Your comments in the March 1 Telegraph concerning the approximately $1 million in property tax revenue lost for the school district by the 12-year extension of the city’s TIF district leads me to doubt how important quality education is to you.

A very well-respected and dearly missed physician, Dr. Rifaqat Khan, served on the board’s education subcommittee with me several years ago. He knew the importance of quality education.

Industry and families relocating look for a town with an outstanding educational system, not one whose appearance and improvements take precedence. Maybe your priority should be internal affairs and improving internal controls so as to regain the respect and confidence of new industry, whose leaders may wonder how Dixon could operate for more than 20 years before realizing the theft of $53 million.

The board needs new blood and new members who value quality education.


Update for DEA members

DEA members…….we will ALL meet at crisis headquarters tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. We will have a schedule for you there. It will follow the recommendations of our negotiation team to picket along Galena Avenue between River Road and 2nd Street.  Please refer to the email sent from your crisis team for further information.

The parent information meeting will be at the Dixon Elks at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening.