City Limits

From a teacher who reads this blog and is struggling with the city's residency rule: "I have

been a CPS teacher since 2001 and I love my job. I want to continue

being a city teacher forever. However, I have a 1 year old and my wife

is pregnant again. The city is so expensive and I want to live in a

safe neighborhood that I can afford (which is non-existent on my

salary). I would love to be able to live outside the city and I am not

sure why we are mandated to live in the city. Are they afraid that

there will be a mass exodus of teachers to the suburbs and a loss of

tax base? I can assure you that most teachers are in a similar

financial position to myself --- if I were to move to the suburbs, I

would have to sell my home. And the person who moved in, would make

the same amount as me and therefore would be paying the same taxes-- so

the city would lose nothing. Furthermore, I do not think a large

number of teachers would want to move outside the city and have a long

commute. This is my main issue as a CPS teacher (above salary, working

conditions, or benefits) and I know I am not alone. I am trying to find out more information about House Bill 4375. If we are the

third largest teachers union, where is all of our power. How can a

bill nearly unanimously pass the house, and then get snatched up in

Senate committees and killed.?"

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