June Board Mtg: Raise Or No Raise? No Raise.

6a00e54ef964538834014e89004d86970d-800wiBoard of Ed to Vote on Teacher Pay Raise Fox: On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education will vote on whether taxpayers can afford to give teachers a 4 percent pay raise... New school board to mull teacher raises today WBEZ: Less than four years ago, it was Chicago Public Schools that pushed the Chicago Teachers Union for an agreement that locked teachers into 4 percent raises each year until 2012... CPS board will vote on fate of pay raise Tribune It'll be a baptism by fire when the new Chicago Public Schools board meets for the first time Wednesday... A primer on the budget deficit Catalyst:  The amount of the deficit is important, as the larger it is the stronger is the district's claim that it can't pay the raises--if indeed that is the case they want to make... Education reform would affect teachers' right to strike WBEZ:  The school year or day may get longer. In addition, teachers can now be laid off because of poor performance, regardless of seniority. And it will be harder for teachers to strike, especially in Chicago. SEE COMMENTS FOR UPDATES


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  • Today at the board meeting, the Board of Education will say that because of the $720 million deficit or $820 million deficit that there is a fiscal emergency and will not be able to give the teachers and ESP's their 4% raise for next school year!

  • In reply to chijas:

    IT'S OFFICIAL, NO RAISES FOR CPS EMPLOYEE'S except for CEO Mr. Brizard and his cronies! There will be no 4% raises for the 2011-2012 school year for the Chicago Teachers Union, Service Employees International Union, International Union of Operating Engineers & Financial Services bargaining unit, Firemen & Oilers, UNITE-HERE, State and Municpal Teachers, Chauffers & Helpers Union and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers! Welcome to the wonderful world of CPS!

  • In reply to chijas:


    Do you know how far this goes? What about sick day pay? Are they going to honor the
    Step obligations?

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Dear Bob, CPS will honor all step and lane raises. I haven't heard anything in regard of sick days.

  • In reply to chijas:

    Here is the statement from CEO Brizard on the Board of Education decision regarding pay raises for collective bargaining agreement employees (after Mr. Brizard has received a $20,00 pay raise)! "I have the utmost respect and admiration (but no money) for teachers and all that they do for our children. But today's Board action was taken in response to the massive financial crises facing our system (but not my $20,000 raise). My team (will keep their raises) is now tasked with developing a balanced budget (but not on my back) and presenting it to the Board (better known as "Lord of Education") and the public in August and our promise remains to minimize any impacts on the classroom and our kids (or my staff)."

  • In reply to chijas:

    I heard the news that the 4% pay raise will not happen. Personally I am not surprised
    The union gave the Board this loophole four years ago we have the UPC to thank for that.
    One of the talking points for today

  • In reply to chijas:

    CPS teachers are screwed. And the CTU helped do it. Today Karen looked unprepared and in tears. Begging for the board to reconsider, I think she realized her reelection campaign is over. AND for all the CTU members who couldn't decided whether to endorse Rahm for mayor or not.....hahaha!!! Instead of being undecided you should have had a back bone and went with the best candidate for your jobs. And sorry, it wasn't Rahm. CTU is now a joke and it looks like Rahm had the last laugh!!

  • In reply to chijas:

    a little bit more via the WSJ including vitale quote


  • In reply to chijas:

    I just returned from the special meeting of the CPS Board today. I did not speak at this meeting and I was a little surprised that Andrew Broy from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools did speak and called on the Board effectively not to vote for the CTU pay increase unless the Board could provide a comparable increase to charter schools. He also linked a reduction in funding to charter schools last year to the salary increase CTU teachers recieved. Mr. Broy also admitted some charter schools were in fiscal trouble, which is no surprise to anyone who watches charter schools to any degree. It was an aggressive move by Mr. Broy effectively pitting charters against traditional school teachers and it was in contradiction to the argument being made recently by CEO Jean-Claude Brizard that traditional schools and charters need to learn from each other and work together.

    The resolution 11-0615-RS2, on whether or not CPS could meet its contractually obligated pay increases, confused several Board members. Because unlike normal when resolutions are written in a manner where it is presumed the body should support it by voting yes, this one apparently required that members vote no. Because it was written so oddly I thought CPS might not effectively revoke the pay increase telling a reporter that and I was totally wrong.
    At any rate while the motion for a vote on the resolution had been called and seconded, Board member Ruiz called for a motion to go into closed session because he seemed to want to vote yes and was asking about escape from the commitment to fund the raise if the Board did vote yes. When they came out of the closed session, about fifteen minutes later, all members voted no and so the resolution failed and the raise was voided.

    I think before members of the CTU call for invoking the provision of the contract that reopens the existing contract, or what little is actually left of it given the effect of SB 7, the House of Delegates needs to be called in for a special meeting to discuss this issue.

    The problem of the vote total for a strike is only one of many issues the CTU is facing. The time for the blame game is over, it really does not matter much now what members think of how their elected leadership has handled things over the last six months. The members need to have a serious discussion and weigh the options. I don't think there is any way a deal can be made now to defer the raise or loan CPS the money. I think it is important for the House of Delegates to act as a deliberative body not some type of mob out for the blood of the Board cheering for a strike.

    I thought the questions raised by CPS Board member Hines will be picked up by the media, and that deals with step and lane increases which apparently she believes will not be impacted by this vote, but I am confused about that issue myself. At any rate it seems clear that the argument is 74% of the CTU members will get some type of pay increase due to either step or lane increases, so it is not all that bad really. The other argument raised in response to a question from Dr. Hines was the argument that CPS teachers are the highest paid big city urban teachers in America.

    I am sure we are going to see much discussion on this issue, I heard President Lewis objecting to this claim made by CPS at the meeting in hallway outside the board chambers responding to questions from the media. I am leaving town and will be very interested to read the numerous posts that I expect to see when I return on Sunday.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to chijas:

    statement from brizard:

    Statement from CEO Brizard on Board of Education Decision Regarding Pay Raise for Collective Bargaining Agreement Employees

  • In reply to chijas:

    I would love to know your real name. I wonder if you are from my time as an administrator(1996-2006 range)???? You are very knowledgeable about what is happening at the moment in CPS and your comments are sage. I appreciate your support of the teachers and other workers. You must have been a wonderful principal. Was your school on the far north side, out of curiosity?

  • In reply to RondaGoldman:

    Dear Retired Administrator, yes, I was in your range as a administrator. No, my school was on the south side.

  • My 7th and 8th graders dread the idea of recess completely. They know that in the winter and on rainy days they'll be sitting in the classroom or the auditorium when they could be doing something a little more constructive. Recess should definitely NOT be a mandate. In a large school such as mine (over 1300 students), who is going to cover these 45 minute gaps in time without teachers. 150 or 160 6th graders or 7th graders at once...seriously. And what happens when a "parent" volunteer is watching his forty or fifty children and one of them slips or gets hurt.

    "Where was the teacher?!" "What sort of supervision is going on here?" "How could this happen?"

    You see, they hold our raises, they want us to "volunteer" our new unpaid lunch time to cover recess. I already put in ten and twelve hour days, if I'm going to get 45 minutes in the middle of the day to leave the school and have a real lunch, you can bet I'll do that.

    But there better be a legitimate plan for recess at every school. What the students do in the event of inclement weather, specifically how are these exercises going to "refresh" our kids, and more importantly they'd better not interfere with any of the academic things going on around the school.

    Implement a legitimate recess plan and then I'll listen, otherwise it's more of the same...you figure it out, but we ain't payin' ya'. I figure out enough without getting any extra money, they can figure out a workable recess plan.

  • You are kidding right? We need ten more schools like Jones in this city. More Selective enrollment schools for the many qualified high achievers who leave the city or go private for HS because there aren't enough spots at safe and decent high schools for them.

  • Why is the truth ignorant?? UPC-nope!! Just a CPS employee who has had enough of the entire establishment. If CPS doesn't want to pay us, give me my friggin pension and let me invest the way I want. CTU had a whole lot of bark, but not enough bite. Unions are not for the faint at heart.

    And for you to think Karen did well, hahaha!! The jokes on you!!

  • I agree Angry. STRIKE!!!

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    I just took a comparison for two high school districts .It gets better
    If you go North. There is a website called, thechampeion.org which lists all
    The salary of every teacher and administrator in Illinois. Chicago is not even close
    To the average after 10 years, if you go between 10 to 20 years we are far behind,
    After 20 years they are beyond the horizon in pay.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    A tale of two teachers.
    In 1995 I transferred from one CPS high school to another.
    The teacher I replaced went to the suburbs .I checked the two
    Salaries today and this is startling.

    I retired in February after 42 years with masters
    I made 80,000 last year. The person I replaced has 27 years
    And masters they made 137,835 last year:

    Other teacher 137,835
    Me 80,000
    Difference 57,835
    Answer that one Rahm

  • Dear Rod, the new CFO for CPS is Tim Cawley!

  • In reply to chijas:

    Dear Rod, a correction, Tim Cawley is the Chief Administrative Officer.

  • Retrospect
    Truth be known I should have done just that, however we do the same job
    in a school 9 miles apart.. I know the person that I am referring to
    I respect and know realize hard they work, but I worked every bit as hard as they ever did
    and my point is to show the differences in pay between CPS and suburban districts.
    Not to bitch about how much I made or envy what anyone else is paid.

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