Chicago's stats are about the same as national stats:
However, given that ABC World News didn’t even air this story last Sunday
and most of the media, with the exception of CBS, failing to mention the compensation statistics
in their broadcast – suffice to say that the media will probably ignore the fact that almost 40% of Chicago’s public school teachers send their kids to private schools.
I’m not against public education, but the fact that these teachers make enough to send their kids to private schools shows that Chicago’s public teachers are aware of the serial failure within the system. Second, it shows that these teachers have zero confidence in their own respective school district. Why are the teachers going on strike? Aren’t the contentious measures they’re squabbling about aimed at enhancing accountability
that will make their institutions of learning better for the students?
So the politicians keep throwing $ at the problems with the troubled school system, and they don't really care if it gets better (since they don't use the troubled schools), but it makes for good PR. The students are simply pawns in hit or miss "experiments" in which the politicians have no stake.
Helen, your story was great. I sure hope that administrator who took action, stayed with that district, and continued to behave with integrity. He/she did what was right for the students, the good teachers, and the taxpayers.