In a move that should be great news for Juan Rangel, who has until now had to get by on a $260,000 salary to run the UNO Charter Network, CPS announced today that it was moving to a per pupil spending formula and giving the same amount of money to charter schools as it does to public schools. With charter schools paying their teachers less, having greater access to private donors, and often getting $1 rent on schools, this should only exacerbate the difference between public schools where kids play on asphalt and charter schools where they can play on brand new mufti-million dollar soccer fields.
This move will also make principals much less likely to hire older teachers who already face a difficult time getting hired in the system. Principals can hire 3 first year teachers for the cost or 2 veterans. This is obviously a move toward vouchers and further deskilling of our profession. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me much.
“CPS officials hailed the move as a way to give principals more power over their budgets and emphasized that the switch is not being done to save money. In the past, officials curtailed plans to adopt the practice because they were concerned about how it would work in a time of shrinking budgets.”
“The protesters, spanning blocks on their march to Moore’s home, crowded his front porch and chanted, “Beat back the charter attack” and “Save our schools.”
After planting the yellow flags, the protesters marched back to where it all began, the fieldhouse gym.
Organizers with activist group Northside POWER said 572 people signed in before the rally at tables in the fieldhouse lobby.”