Christian Schneider writing in City Journal shows the vivid cost/benefit contrast between members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and their public charter school counterparts. CTU members average $76,000 in annual salary before benefits, while public charter school teachers make $49,000.
Charter school teachers are a bargain. A study by the Illinois Policy Institute cited by Schneider indicates that nine of Chicago’s top ten performing schools are open-enrollment, non-selective charter high schools.
Faced with this kind of competition, CTU members did what any self-respecting public employee union would do when offered a sixteen percent pay raise in exchange for linking employment to student test results – they went on strike.
Change is coming to all levels of the education industry. Groups like CTU need to adapt to the new reality of pay-for-performance or risk expulsion from the system.