Eric Hamlin | Chicago Reader

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Re: “How I spent my summer break: Firing teachers

In all of this, though I am a teacher who did my student teaching in CPS, I think the CTU has dug its own grave on this one. Anyone in the teaching community knows that for years, CPS teachers had one of the shortest workdays and received amongst the highest salaries in the country. Basically - they had it pretty good. Teachers want to keep their high salaries (as most people would), but don't seem to realize that their salary comes through taxes. Schools aren't some revenue-producing entity that continue to increase salaries and have all kinds of money for schools when the voters aren't approving tax increases. Also, the writer spends quite a bit of time on the $30,000 that is spent on the four playground supervisors. Why aren't the teachers doing this? I'm a teacher, and at my school, supervision duty is required as part of the job. We don't pay someone extra to do it. With only four supervisors needed, it would seem that the principal could develop some kind of rotational schedule so that each teacher does supervision duty a couple weeks a year. Of course, the CTU has probably stipulated that teachers are not allowed to do additional duties unless they are compensated for it. That seems to be the approach of the CTU - make life difficult for the school board, and they whine and complain about how "unfair" everything is and how the school board "doesn't understand" what it means to be a teacher.

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Posted by Eric Hamlin on 08/14/2013 at 6:38 AM

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