Since the 2003-04 school year, more than 1,100 teachers have been
displaced by school closings and reorganization, according to district
personnel data. Nearly 70 percent of those teachers—785 in all—were
placed in other district positions. However, a third of those displaced
teachers left for other jobs, often to other districts.
Other good news for veteran teachers is that, to my knowledge, schools don't
cover the actual costs of individual teachers' salaries, no matter how
high they are. Meaning: a veteran teacher with lots of certifications
doesn't cost the school more to hire. Chicago like most districts uses
"average" salary figures to charge schools for teachers in various
categories. This is changing, and obviously doesn't apply to charter
and other specialty schools whose budgets are different.
Even the Chicago Public Schools, where high poverty and other factors make teaching particularly
challenging, has had a surge of applications—23,568 in 2008-09, double
the applications five years ago.
Other bad news for veteran teachers is that the CPS contract with the CTU does not have the "last hired, first fired" rule that most other urban districts have, which determines which teachers go during times of contraction (and in some districts determines who gets dibs on open spots). Being a veteran doesn't protect you from being fired, or give you first dibs on being hired when a spot opens up.
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