school budget cuts

Posted: August 14, 2013
By: Clay Cerny

With little public notice, Chicago Public Schools has put out a call to open new charter schools.  Recently the system closed 50 schools, which meant the loss of many teacher jobs.  The system also cut school budgets, which led to more job loss.

Most charter schools are non-union (None are represented by CTU).  While some of these schools do a good job educating students, they offer teachers little job security or respect.  The highest paid people in the charter system tend to be chief administrators who often make as much or more than the head of CPS.

My worry is that – over time – the quality of teaching will go down.  It’s a difficult job in the best situation.  If pay is cut and benefits are minimal, who will want to make the sacrifice needed to be a teacher?  Why will the smartest people chose teaching if other professions offer more reward?