Education grants are being rolled back for states that eliminated teacher tenure in the 2020-2025 budget, a move that some schools are trying to avoid.
But there’s one school district that still hopes to use teacher tenure to pay their teachers and students for the work they do: the board of education in Chicago’s South Side district.
In a move to help make the district more competitive with neighboring districts, the district is proposing to pay every teacher an annual salary of $75,000.
It also would eliminate all tenure-based pay, except for full-time tenure.
The district has proposed to cut teacher salaries by more than 50 percent over the next three years.
Teacher pay is not only important for districts to have in place to recruit the best teachers, it is also critical for education reform.
The United States is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid teachers, a practice that has long been criticized as a major barrier to educating children.
Teachers have been a big part of the turnaround of Chicago’s public schools since the end of the Great Recession in 2009.
In the next five years, the school district expects to double the number of students from the 2014-2015 school year to about 7,000, with an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students.
The district plans to spend $25 million over three years to replace more than 1,000 teachers who are retiring, and also to improve the school environment, according to the Chicago Tribune.
But some schools, like the North Side school district in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, have been reluctant to hire more teachers because of the threat of tenure.
They are also wary of a reduction in funding from the federal government.
Some districts are not only looking to save money, but also to avoid the federal funding cuts that have plagued other school districts.
The Chicago Board of Education has been pushing to raise the district’s revenue by nearly $3 billion this year.
The North Side district has already decided to cut its workforce of about 100 teachers and eliminate all teaching positions.
Some teachers have been laid off due to budget cuts and other factors.
But Superintendent James Egan said he is confident in the district, which has experienced a turnaround under his leadership, as long as it does not lose teachers.
The teacher’s union in Chicago has also been vocal about the potential impact of teacher tenure on the school system.
In 2016, the union filed a class action lawsuit against the Chicago Board in an attempt to force the district to pay for teacher salaries through a grant.
The lawsuit said the district could save more than $3 million by eliminating tenure-only pay.
The school district is scheduled to hold a press conference Thursday to announce the results of its assessment of the union’s suit, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
A district spokesperson told the newspaper that it has made “significant progress” in eliminating teacher tenure since its initial filing.
The South Side school board’s proposal is the latest move by a district to try to avoid federal funding in the next budget cycle, which begins July 1.
The districts plan to spend up to $25 billion on the next year.
Teaching salaries are one of many factors that have to be considered when deciding whether to keep or lay off teachers.
The salary levels are determined by the federal guidelines set by the Department of Education and are not set in stone by state or local governments.