New Mayor Rahm Emmanuels' Hand Picked CPS School Board Rejects Greedy Teachers Unions Bid for a 4% Raise
The CPS school board rejected a 4% raise to teachers as proposed by the Chicago Teachers Union(CTU). The CTU was asking for an additional 4% raise for all teachers. In normal times, that proposal may make sense. But in this time where everyone is broke, the state, the federal government, the city, and the CPS - asking for a raise is outright greedy.
Don't the teachers union realize that the CPS is already over $700 million dollars in the hole. The CPS faced a $712 million dollar budget deficit last year and if the CTU got their way this 4% raise would add over $100 million more to that deficit again this year.
Before anyone starts attacking me for attacking the teachers union consider the following:
- The CPS average teacher starting salary of $50,577 is number 1 among the nation's 10 largest cities according to the Sun-Times.
- CPS central office staff faced budget cuts and pay freezes last year and CPS principals faced pay raises last year. Why should teachers be exempt?
- "Even without the four percent previously-negotiated raises, 75 percent of all teachers will get automatic raises of between 1 percent and 5 percent for adding another year of experience or for increasing their credentials" per the Sun-Times.
What does all this have to do with sports? Everything. See, two springs ago the CPS decided to cut sophomore level spring sports because of budget deficits. Unless the CPS keeps spending in line, more cuts and sports are not immune, could be coming.
I feel we need to do everything we can to keep sports alive and funded in Chicago. Asking the teachers to not take a 4% raise to me seems reasonable.