Ben Joravsky of the Reader has written an article on Chicago Public Schools and its recent flip flops on class size. As Jovarsky points out, CEO Ron Huberman seems to favor a business model that cuts teacher positions while giving raises to administrators.
Funds that are moved from public schools to charter schools no longer are subject to transparency laws. We will not know what teachers in charter schools are paid or if their pay has been frozen. All pay figures for CPS are posted on the Internet. Joravsky notes that the winners in the charter system seem to be the administrators, not the teachers. He quips: “In retrospect, I can see why Huberman would be attracted to the charter school movement – more money for administrators, less money for teachers. What’s not to love about that?”
Chicago Public Schools has laid off 54 master teachers. These teachers were eligible for layoff because they were “city wide” appointments, not linked to particular schools. They are recognized as some of the best in the system.
Is Ron Huberman doing what’s best for the schools and students, or what’s best for his own political career? Has he asked his patron Mayor Daley to free up some TIF money – at least to save some of the system’s best teachers?
To read more on this story which is reported by WBEZ, follow this link.
The Reader’s outstanding political reporter Ben Joravsky has investigated salaries at Chicago Public Schools. Teachers and other employees that serve students are being laid off. Assistant coaches are asked to work without pay. Meanwhile, CEO Ron Huberman has added salaried staff. According to Joravsky, 133 employees make $100,000 or more. Several of these people formerly worked with Huberman at the CTA.
What bothers me most about this story is hypocrisy. Huberman and his aides have no qualms about asking schools to tighten their belts, to cut staff and programs. They want the teachers and their unions to agree to furlough days. At the same time, the CEO and his staff have increased their salaries. It’s nice to hear administrators say they want what’s best for students. Stories like this indicate that they really care more about themselves.
Follow this link to read Joravsky’s story.