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National teachers union president visits Quincy

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Weingarten touring the new Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School Weingarten touring the new Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School
Weingarten looking at a classroom Weingarten looking at a classroom
Weingarten posing for a picture with QPS teachers Weingarten posing for a picture with QPS teachers
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The president of the American Federation of Teachers toured Quincy's new Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School Wednesday.

While there, AFT President Randi Weingarten talked about contract negotiations between the Quincy School Board and union employees.
She said in order for students to get the best education, there needs to be collaboration between teachers, administrators and everyone involved in student's lives.

"We need to pay teachers a decent wage, we need to pay educators a decent wage," Weingarten said. "We need to find ways that our rhetoric about how important this is, teaching and learning, is matched by the reality."

Weingarten said the financial situation in Illinois has made it harder and harder for administrators and teachers to reach an agreement. 
She said a strike should be a last resort.

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