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  •  Teacher salaries in Chicago are quite good. (1+ / 0-)
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    If you consider alternative occupations where union contracts are rare or non-existent.

    " Only the data shows that New York teachers top out with higher pay than their Second City counterparts. The Sun-Times compared teachers’ starting and ending salaries for bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees for the 2011-2012 school year.

    Chicago offered the best starting cash — $50,777 to a teacher straight out of college and $54,080 to one with a master’s degree.

    New York awards longevity pay to teachers after five years in city schools, rewarding them for staying put.

    So a New York city teacher with a master’s degree could earn a maximum of $94,154 after 22 years of teaching in the district, compared with the maximum $82,899 salary earned by a Chicago teacher with the same degree after 25 years on the job.

    For a 25-year veteran with a bachelor’s degree, Chicago paid $79,526; at its top end, New York paid $88,259.

    In addition, the city picks up a 7 percent pension contribution on behalf of teachers. None of the other cities’ school districts includes a pension pickup."

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 05:33:09 PM PDT

    •  Yep, in many states teacher have starting salaries (0+ / 0-)

      in low 30s. I think salaries in Chicago are pretty reasonable.

    •  In a country where we mouth pieties (0+ / 0-)

      about wanting a "highly qualified" teacher in every classroom and forcing on teachers a level of so-called "accountability" (read: micromanaging) not seen in any other profession and selecting our teacher pool from only the top college students, it's ludicrous to criticize teachers for making $50,000 starting salary. How on earth do you think that's too high if you want to attract the most gifted teachers? Here in Ohio, our state legislators make almost $20,000 more than that — for a part-time job! Teachers are easily worth double that. I'm really sick of people who think teachers should be scraping by and in the next breath, complain about the quality of teachers. With this attitude, there won't BE any talented teachers to replace the ones you fire for low test scores with.

      Yeah, this one's really personal. I'm a proud graduate of the Chicago Public Schools, which have been destroyed by the likes of Arne Duncan. My parents were so passionate about public education that my mother's PTA career culminated with becoming the president of the Illinois State PTA. But if we were in school today, I have no doubt we'd be at University of Chicago Lab School.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:29:38 PM PDT

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      •  I think you misunderstood my comment. Current (0+ / 0-)

        starting salaries for Chicago teachers appear to be reasonable when compared to other professional jobs that require a similar credential, especially when most other occupations do not have the benefits of a union contract.

        Where are we, now that we need us most?

        by Frank Knarf on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 09:49:17 PM PDT

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