There is not a direct causation between teacher performance and student performance.Well, I didn’t read the whole thread but if they want a 24% raise, I'd tie any raise to the proficiency of graduating students.
A 1% to 5% pay increase, on average this is an increase in wages at pace with inflation (3% for 2011 IIRC), so the nominal increase in wages turns out to be no increase at all in real terms.Right now, City of Chicago teachers are given raises based on "steps and lanes" -- steps being 'another year in front of the blackboard' and lanes being more hours towards an advanced degree. We don't need advanced degrees. We need teachers who can teach. All the knowledge in the world -- all the degrees we have to offer -- mean nothing if we can't teach kids to read and write.
The annual 4% raise was blocked in 2011 by the board of education.