New Contract For Teachers

The teachers have a new five-year contract — ratified by more than 80 percent of professional staff members! Under the new contract, merit pay will reward educators for improvements in student performance. No, it’s not the teachers in Chicago Public Schools who have this new contract. The Chicago Tribune is describing the pact covering 1,483 union faculty, training staff and other professionals at the City Colleges of Chicago.

Meanwhile, officials at the cash-starved CPS returned $34 million in federal money intended to develop a merit pay system for public school teachers. CTU President Karen Lewis refused to join in creating that system. Her reasoning: “We don’t believe in merit pay.”

Maybe at some CTU meeting between now and strike time, some courageous CPS teachers will arise and politely ask their leaders: Please explain why our union brothers and sisters at Chicago City Colleges are eligible for extra pay, but we are not.

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