AM News: Teachers Average $61K Incl. Benefits

image from webmedia.newseum.orgSome Illinois public school teachers earning six-figure salaries Sun Times: The average elementary teacher made $61,140 -- including all benefits, summer school pay, after-school stipends and retirement payouts... Lack of budget info creating problems at CPS Tribune: As the new Chicago Public Schools leadership knuckles down to finalize a budget in the coming days, the lack of details on how they might close a $720 million budget deficit has left many principals uncertain how to plan for next year... Schools CEO salary Catalyst: Most urban district leaders pull in somewhere between $270,000 and $300,000 annually.  In fact, when compared to the earnings of bosses at the other 10 largest urban districts in the country, Brizard's salary ranks 9th... Nigerian teen soccer players' goal to score a better life in US Tribune:  A Chicago Public Schools spokesman said the district does not inquire into a child's immigration status... MORE ITEMS BELOW -- WHAT'D I MISS? Parents Of Disabled Children Giving Up On Illinois Tribune:  Her relocation plans are strictly a way to keep Tim in his $85,000-a-year residential treatment center, currently funded by the state of Illinois... Lincoln-Way North teacher to fly high with NASA: Lincoln-Way North High School physics teacher Margaret Piper will take part in a research flight Wednesday after being one of just six teachers nationwide chosen to take part... School District Won't Let Homeschoolers Join Extracurriculars Patch:  On Thursday, the District 210 Board of Education reasserted its position that only full-time students may be involved..Ag School could enroll more local students Southtown Star:  The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Chicago's Mount Greenwood community has been one of the stars of the Chicago Public Schools system for the past decade-plus...Suspensions Rescinded For Students Who Walked Out, Protesting Teacher Firings HuffED: If this situation is any indication, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and new CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard will have their work cut out for them on school reform...19 Apply For Florida Education Job, But Search Continues WCTV: Bessie Karvelas, deputy chief instruction officer for Chicago Public Schools. She was previously the principal at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago... Valley View names new administrators Sun Times: Killingsworth joined the district five years ago as assistant principal at Addams after having worked in the Chicago Public Schools for 10 years as an early childhood education special education teacher, a special education resource teacher in grades..  Chicago kids get smart about money ABC7:  Over eight weeks, third graders at Ward Elementary School are learning about finances through Money Savvy Kids, a program in 150 Chicago Public Schools... Advanced Placement opportunities are unequal statewide Tribune:  In CPS, Marshall Metropolitan High School offered no AP courses this year while Lane Technical High School had 27 subjects and Whitney Young Magnet High School provided a smorgasbord of 26...

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  • Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Joel Hood presented the dilemma that principals face in terms of creating a budget. But the situation is not completely abnormal, it has happened before. It is one of the reasons that some competent principals opt out of CPS. Kathleen Hagstrom principal of Disney has been through this before and her comment in the Tribune article reflects that reality. But right now many school districts in Illinois are not in completely different circumstances, very few have stable funding and predictable budgets.

    I know many districts issued massive layoff notices earlier this year, but how does that help? Back in early March for example the Cahokia Illinois School District sent lay-off notices to a staggering one-fifth of its faculty. About 70 teachers, as well as several administrators and support staff were given notices.
    The truth is Cahokia today is still not completely clear how many teachers will really be let go.

    Neither the new CEO Brizard nor Mr. Mazany are really to blame for the situation. When we are attempting to run a massive school district like CPS in a state that is bankrupt, this is what you get. To make things even more confusing the Illinois Senate voted yesterday for the House's budget lines for k-12 education (HB 327) which makes significant cuts to k-12 education (for example $152 million in General State Aid that would cost CPS about $27.3 million), then put forward another bill HB 2189, senate amendment 1.

    HB 2189, appropriates an additional $216 million in funding above the House plan. For ISBE, HB 2189 would add:

  • I think a Forensic Audit will show over the years of Mayoral control many millions of dollars were wasted and some of that money went to pink patronage to supporters of the former Mayor. But that money is gone and does not solve the problem at hand, moreover Mayor Emanuel is not going to open that can of worms to have people look around.

    The ISBE has never denied it has failed repeatedly in the last two years to make state aid payments to CPS, these payment delays are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. We all knew federal funding was going to drop off the table this year.

    By the way CPS claimed debt of $720 to $820 million is not very different based on the size of the CPS budget than the fiscal situation of most non-high income school districts in the state. Even those high income school districts are now in trouble. There currently are only 5 Illinois school districts in the entire state with a AAA bond rating.

    Rod Estvan

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  • HB 2189 as amended by the Senate failed to be called by the Speaker in the House last night. So now a budget goes to the Governor which contains close to $200 million in education cuts. I am guessing that CPS will take around a $27 million hit.

    What is most interesting about this session was how silent CPS was about the budget cuts, for once CPS did not go down to Springfield asking for more money. This was overall a wise move, but in order for CPS to balance its budget it will have to make very major cuts including possibly taking away CTU salary increases next year, step and lane increases, increased class sizes, the usual administrative cuts, cuts for school repairs, cuts to non-special education transportation, cuts to sports programs, major cuts to early childhood education, cuts to charter schools, and cuts to funding for growth of new schools.

    The near term future is not bright for the children of Chicago.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod, WOW!

  • Believe it our not the budget bill that was adopted by the Illinois Senate and House cuts special education funding very little. The largest area of impact will be in early childhood special education programs that are inclusive called blended programs. Cuts to the General State Aid will impact all students and hence CPS students with disabilities will be impacted to one degree or another.

    Rod Estvan

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