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Some details of the Chicago Teacher contract:

The contract calls for base salary increases of 3 percent this year and 2 percent in each of the following two years, as well as some lucrative raises for experience and advanced education. While some teachers will earn raises worth about 25 percent over three years, the average teacher, who has 14 years of experience and a master's degree or higher, will get 7.5 to 9.6 percent gains over the length of the contract.

With the tentative agreement now calling for 175 full school days and six half-days starting with this school year, the board on Tuesday also gave schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard the authority to change the calendar this year and work with teachers to determine the seven makeup days from the strike.


Prior to the deal being struck (9/17):

There will be 10 more days of school going forward, bringing CPS up to 180 days of instruction. That is the state minimum. Previously, Chicago got a waiver from the state.


So Chicago students will still get 5 days less instruction than the required state minimum. I won't comment on the salary increases that are baked in over the next three years.

I will state that if this strike REALLY was about education, then no one, not the teachers, not the unions, not the schools, not the Mayor, and not the parents, would have to settle for a contract for anything less than 180 days of instruction - like all other Illinois schools.

Can anyone defend five days less instruction for Chicago students than for students from Springfield?
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