News: No Raises For Principals

Principals aren't going to get a raise this year, according to a letter Brizard sent out last week.  Plus other news (and 50+ comments over the weekend).

No raises for CPS principals, central office staff: Chicago Public Schools principals, assistant principals and central office staff will be giving up raises this year, just as teachers and members of other unions have.

No Raises for CPS Administrators, Staff: Chicago Public School administrators and staff will share in the budget pain with teachers. Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard sent a letter Thursday that said there will be no pay raises this year.

In school visits, Brizard studies CPS strengths, weaknesses: Chicago’s new schools chief has been getting to know the school system he’s in charge of. He’s visited 14 schools in his seven weeks on the job.

Whittier parents ending second sit-in: Activists at Whittier Elementary School said Friday they're ending their latest 25-day sit-in and would like to resume negotiations with Chicago Public Schools.

Parents Demand Change for Wendell Smith: Wendell Smith Elementary School was born out of an uprising of community demand, and nearly 40 years later that community is demanding that it change - or close.


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  • Dear Principals, Assistant Principals and Central Office staff,
    I write to you today to share important news concerning the new budget year we have recently entered and the ongoing fiscal challenge our schools face. As you already know, CPS is battling an unprecedented $712 million deficit. Since coming into office less than two months ago, my administration has focused on charting a course that guides us out of this financial storm, while at the same time protecting our core education priorities. These priorities include no increases to class size, and no cuts to early childhood and existing all-day kindergarten programming, school-based culture of calm, and magnet school and world language programming.

    We’ve made significant progress, finding efficiencies and making cuts in our central office and non-classroom administration that have saved CPS $75 million. Still, there is much work to do and many more difficult decisions to make if we are to prevent this fiscal crisis from impacting the classroom.

    That is why we have made the difficult but necessary decision to forgo scheduled principal and assistant principal pay raises for fiscal year 2012 as well as pay raises for central office employees. In light of this, we will not require you to take furlough days, as in the past. Please know that these decisions were not taken lightly. We recognize that our principals and assistant principals play a critical role in ensuring our students succeed in the classroom, and we will be working hard to identify additional ways in which we can support your efforts throughout the school year. Our Central Office employees have also made sacrifices over the last two years by forgoing pay increases. I‘ve had the opportunity to meet with many of you since I became CEO and thank you for the continued work and dedication that you bring to the very important roles that you play every day in supporting our children, teachers and principals.

    My administration fully intends to honor the sacrifice we have asked you to make, and will be asking tough questions and holding everyone accountable to ensure that we deliver a budget in August that is balanced and funds our priorities.

    Since starting in late May, I’ve had the privilege of visiting schools in every area of the city. I’ve met with children, parents, teachers, principals, education reform advocates, and faith leaders. What I’ve learned most from these visits is that, while the challenges we face are great, the promise of our children’s future is even greater. I know, in speaking with many of you, that you share this belief. I’m confident that this spirit will carry us through our current budget crisis.
    I cannot thank you enough for your committed service to our children and your continued sacrifice to protect our education priorities.

    Working together, we will get through this budget crisis and continue to help our students achieve academic excellence.

  • CEO Mr. Brizard, I thought you were an administrator?

  • Dear Retired Principal,
    Others may disagree, but I will accept no raise. However, what I want in return are systems that will no longer negatively IMPACT our instructional programs, stop the forced over testing that takes away our instructional time and our technology lab and makes data useless, fairly budget all neighborhood schools vs. giving so many more positions, full-day kindergartens, and extra funds to favored or lottery schools, give elementary schools over 1100 two counselors instead of 1.5, (a high school would get 3 with 200 less students and the new CEO wants better 8th grade Explore.) Finally, stop allowing OPPD, or whatever it is called now, from offering special favors to LSCs who will hire from within their own department. HC should practice more dignity. That’s a start, but it is much to do.

  • Dear Students First Principal, Good Luck!

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