Teacher Salary Puzzle

Comments from the Mayor about teacher salaries are at the top of today's news, along with a Sun Times editorial about the steep dropoff in teacher salaries in CPS for veteran teachers, compared to other districts.  Last but not least, a couple of stories about youth violence. Check it out. Let me know what I missed.  


Mayor: Salary only piece of puzzle in attracting, retaining teachers Sun Times: Teacher salaries are not the only bait needed to attract and retain good teachers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday, defending Chicago’s decision to pay competitive starting salaries that fall far short for veteran teachers.

Editorial: CPS needs to fix pay system Sun-Times: Reporters Rosalind Rossi and Art Golab found that the salary for a new Chicago teacher with a bachelor's degree ranks No. 16 statewide. But the top salary for a Chicago veteran ranks much lower, No. 167 statewide. That's the biggest drop for any ...


Emanuel defends Obama’s response to city violence Sun TImes:  Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama, his former boss, against those who think the president could and should do more to help stem gang violence in his adopted hometown. Obama is coming home this weekend for a series of campaign fund-raisers tied to his 51st birthday.

Harper High School fights violence, but funding is half the battle Tribune:  Both Chicago Public Schools and private groups have spent millions of dollars on anti-violence initiatives aimed atschools like Harper. Many of those programs are being cut in the coming year as the school district struggles with a $665 million deficit.

Despite summer violence, Chicago Public Schools students can succeed Ray Salazar: But 21-year-old Chicago resident Dulce Padilla, proves that–with strong academic opportunities and support–low-income students who witness violence can still succeed in school. When Dulce was in 4th grade, her brother Adrián was killed due to gang ...

South suburban students learn science through "Mythbusters" WBEZ:  Only about a third of all 8th graders in the country are considered “proficient” in science, and in Illinois, it’s even less. The Museum of Science and Industry using "Mythbusters" themed experiments to try and change that for students in the Chicago region.

Chicago Protesters: "Take TIFs Off the Menu!" In These Times:  The Collaborative's members include the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73, Action Now and the Organization of the Northeast (ONE). “The mayor talks about bringing all these jobs downtown, but often they are jobs that already had workers, just ...



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  • question from a reader, with permission:

    "I have recently finished a master’s program in elementary and special ed. at Teachers College, Columbia University. I have come back to Chicago and have been looking for a teaching position for the last 2 months but have not yet found a job. I was hoping I could substitute until I find a permanent placement. I know I have missed the substitute hiring event but I was wondering if you had any more information on how I could get hired as a substitute. I have already filled out an application with CPS and checked the substitute teacher box. I would greatly appreciate any information you may have."

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    The sub pool is only opened twice a year now. You need to contact HR to see if the pool has closed. The second date is around the end of first semester.

  • Thanks for including my article, Alex!

  • No one is bringing up school administrators here. CPS does not pay it's school administrators well and requires them to work all year around. Most districts give their administrators summer breaks. It makes it difficult for the board to attract and keep GOOD administrators - the kind that keep teacher retention high and attrition low. Good administrators have a lot of options all around the country right now and leading in CPS wih good results definitely makes you the target of headhunters.

    CPS can't pay teachers more than they pay administrators who have had a pay freeze for the last four or five years now and had to take furlough last year.

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