Board Posts Position Files Online - Why?

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From CPS:  "Chicago Public Schools officials today announced that the District's full Employee Position File - which lists the names, job titles, departments and salaries of all full-time CPS employees - is posted on-line.The public will now have access to the Employee Position File, which will be updated quarterly with information on all CPS employees, as well as the CPS' budget book, which provides an overview of all spending for the year."

More details below.  Take a look, tell us what you think. Is this helpful, reassuring, accurate?  Why do you think it's coming out now?  Seems to me it's doing triple duty -- partly to make good on transparency promises, partly to make the case for more funding for CPS, and lastly to help make the argument for salary freezes or cuts. 

While the Employee Position File will show the base salaries of CPS
employees, it will not reflect the 15 unpaid holidays, furlough and
shutdown days that have being mandated for all non-union CPS employees
this year. Those days amount to an approximately 6 percent salary
reduction, officials said. Last year, non-union employees took 6 unpaid
days.

The unpaid days were established as a way of coping with the District's
financial crisis.

The posting of CPS' Employee Position File comes just months after
another District transparency initiative in which district vendor
contracts were made available for on-line viewing.

Over the next 60-90 days, CPS will continue to post additional budgetary
information online.

The vendor contracts are available online at the CPS Department of
Procurement and Contracts home page at:
http://www.csc.cps.k12.il.us/purchasing/.

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  • What would be very interesting is if someone went through and looked to see what people are listed as being paid for and compare that to what they actually do every day. I wonder how much waste we'd find...

  • How does releasing this information make it harder for people to complain about openness? Similar information has been listed on The Champion's website for years. The question that most people want to know is where is CPS specifically spending money?

  • The simple fact is that as public employees our salaries are public record.

    I'd rather people receive actual, reasonably accurate salary info at CPS than inflated salaries from thechampion.org. For example, my teaching salary - according to CPS, our collective bargaining agreement, and my pay stubs - is about $62,000. My teaching salary on thechampion.org is $94,000. Heh. Don't I wish!

  • gapers block's alex jaffe calls the site "barely navigable" and wonders what a director of construction does and if it's worth $136K.

    http://gapersblock.com/mechanics/2010/05/26/cps-posts-positions-names-and-salaries-of-employees-online/

  • Danielle from CORE correctly raises the question of money allocated for vacant positions. Really what we are talking about here is the differance between a subs salary and a full time teacher's salary, which is significant. Or positions that do not even have subs in them and do not exist in the schools. We can see this reflected in the CPS 2007-2008 budget book where on page 107 we can read the following:

    "For FY 2008, teacher salaries are budgeted at $2,011.5 million, as compared to $1,989.4 million in the FY2007 budget, representing an increase of $22.1 million. However, actual teacher salaries are projected to be $1,936.2 million . . ." In this statement we can see CPS over estimated positions by $75.3 million, where did the money go? CPS states it went to "contract providers."

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    "Contract providers" - no names, no corporation lists, no amounts. No information on who they are, what they did, and how much they were paid. Absolutely nothing. And this from a public entity! No wonder the general public thinks CPS is pathetic - there's no transparency whatsoever.

  • How incredibly naive.....

  • You're right, I should have been more explicit. My comment about transparency was in specific reference to "contract providers" - what companies, who are they, what do they do, and how much do they get paid. That's information we don't receive. The same could be said for the hundreds of millions of dollars that CPS classifies as "other" - with no accompanying information.

    It's also befuddling that CPS doesn't appear to have somewhere a master budget with all its expenditures. That boggles my mind.

  • Okay, I understand where you two are coming from now.

  • FWIW They seem to have included all of the budgeted positions for this year, and not the currently active positions. I work at CO and I know many of these people, so it's interesting to see one who I know was cut earlier in the year and one who is deceased (both events occurring before May 1st). I can tell you that my listed salary is spot on (not factoring in furlough days of course).

  • joravsky laments the lack of transparency -- again -- and says that huberman's new guys offset the duncan folks who've left -- a wash --

    http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ron-huberman-cps-chicago-public-schools-office-salaries/Content?oid=1888273

  • Well, at least there are a few competent people left.

  • Dear, low level management deals with these requests. If you think the decision makers and the policy makers give a sh*t about this to the point that it would cause them to change policy, then, as I said above, you and the Coreies are incredibly naive.

  • What drama. Based on inaccuracy and fear mongering to boot.

    CORE can't take anyone out on strike. Union members themselves decide whether or not to strike. First, the House of Delegates has to vote to take it to the membership and then a majority of the members must approve a strike. If there is a strike it will happen because the membership itself supports a strike.

    Involving actual Union members is a foreign topic to President Stewart. The simple fact that CORE listens to and values Union members already puts them head and shoulders above current CTU leaders.

  • Silly person. CORE has stated explicitly that the CTU simply isn't prepared for a strike. In any case, CORE will do what Union members want - the House of Delegates will vote on a strike first and then, if approved, the entire membership will vote on a strike. I know, it's a crazy idea to actually do what the membership wants! Of course, that's why CORE is a better choice than the current leadership. The UPC doesn't care what members think or want.

  • Leadership doesn't call for a strike, the members call for a strike. CORE believes that's something you should decide, not them. All this talk of CORE striking is silliness. CORE knows the CTU isn't even remotely prepared for a strike.

    Your comments about community and needing their support are exactly the reason I'll be voting for CORE. They are far better situated and more experienced in building partnerships with the natural allies of public education - parents, students, churches, and community groups. We must earn the respect and support of the citizenry of Chicago and CORE has already committed themselves to doing just that.

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