The deal on the deal in Chicago

The proposed Chicago teachers’ contract moves the district in the right direction with “a step back here and there,” concludes the National Council on Teacher Quality. However, “some of the most positive changes like the longer school day predate the contract and are a result of state law or previous negotiations.”

Among the unknowns: How well the new evaluation system will be implemented, whether the union will keep under-enrolled schools open and whether the district can come up with an extra $295 million over four years through  “COLA reduction, step and lane compensation, and savings in layoff benefits, sick day compensation, and a new wellness program.”

Chicago teachers earn more than most urban teachers, but about the same as suburban teachers in the area, says NCTQ.

Teacher Beat has more on the question:  Where’s the money coming from?

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  1. This language comes from pro-teacher sources, but a table in the Chicago Sun-Times, which is NOT pro-teacher or pro-union, backed it up.

    Some of the things the Chicago Teachers Union have won with their seven-day strike :
    Almost 600 new art, music, and gym teachers
    Guaranteed textbooks in the first day of class
    $1.5 million for new special education teachers
    $.5 million for reductions in class size
    More than twice as much money for classroom supplies

  2. So three out of the five translate into more dues-paying members and the other two are eye wash.

    All hail the mighty union’s victory on behalf of…..the children.

  3. Stacy in NJ says:

    From another post:

    “The Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund has about $10 billion in assets, but is paying out more than $1 billion in benefits a year — much more than it has been taking in. That has forced it to sell investments, worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, to pay retired teachers. Experts say the fund could collapse within a few years unless something is done. ”

    And,

    “Having skipped its pension contributions for many years, Chicago is supposed to start tripling them in another year under state law. But the school district has drained its reserves. And it cannot easily turn to the local taxpayers because of a cap on property taxes. Borrowing the money would be difficult and expensive as well, because of a credit downgrade this summer. One of the few remaining choices would be to make deep cuts in other services.”

    From the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/business/teachers-pension-a-big-issue-for-chicago.html

    Yeah, good luck Chicago.