The main thing for which the teachers should be held accountable are results. The school system is entirely paid for by the public. They cannot share in any profits because they make none. The evaluations are really their only bargaining chip and they cannot cash it because by any reasonable measure they are failing. Every evaluation system is fought against, results are always disputed as a problem with the evaluation. Tenure is the most abused idea ever created. Time to decertify this union.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
I bet the union doesn't push for a recall against the Democratic mayor like they did in Wisconsin, whatjathink?
Again, all this obfuscation of the issue is unnecessary. We've already established the pay is there and the results are not.
Thank you, Quazi!
In May 2009 the mean annual wage estimate for teachers in Chicago was $62,240, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wage estimates for postsecondary teachers ranged from $40,810 to $102,300. Ironically, postsecondary economics teachers were at the low end of this spectrum. Their counterparts in health specialties occupied the high end. While there were only 260 positions available for economics teachers, there were 390 spots available for health specialties teachers. Elementary, middle and secondary school teachers had a mean annual earnings range between $47,350 and $74,530.
The mean annual statewide earnings for the teaching profession in Illinois came in at $57,000, according to May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics data. This is approximately 10 percent less than that of teachers working in Chicago. Postsecondary teachers had mean annual earnings of between $51,590 and $79,100. Both architecture and health specialties were the highest paying areas statewide. Teachers in elementary, middle and secondary schools had a mean annual earnings range of $45,380 to $67,960.
The Average Salary of a Teacher in Chicago | eHow.com
The CTU got its first written contract with the Board of Education in 1966, under the leadership of the late John Desmond:
His tenure was marked by three-cornered battles waged by the union, the Chicago Board of Education and the Illinois General Assembly over the Chicago school budget. In his six years in office starting salaries for teachers went from $5,500 to $9,570.....snip~
2010-2011: the CPS gives a starting salary of $50,577 for a first-year teacher with a bachelor's degree. But that's including the seven-percent "pension pickup," which comes from the Board of Education: it's compensation, obviously, but not money teachers get right now.
Since that doesn't seem to be regularly included in the salaries quoted by news reports, it's probably better for comparison to subtract it, which can easily be done with the more detailed tables provided by CPS (PDF).
If we do that, the starting salary is $47,628. The maximum, for a teacher with 20 years' experience and a doctorate, is $88,680 ($93,817 if you include the pension pickup). The average, according to the AP, is $69,000.
Chicago Teacher Salaries: The Long View - The 312 - June 2011 - Chicago
Hard to believe it began in 1966.
Things like Citizens United which allow rich individuals to have a higher than 1 vote say so in how our country is run is fine in your view.
But when middle class teachers collectively bargain to have a voice? When they get angry that deficits are closed on their back? Time to pull out the tar and feathers! I think you really have to submerse yourself in propoganda in order to have such a distorted view.
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes