Education

Big City Teachers and Big Assumptions

Critics of higher salaries for Chicago teachers fail to recognize market realities, racial assumptions

Javier Suárez

“The implication of their argument is that the children of Chicago—who are often poor African American and Latino students—don’t deserve the kind of high quality teachers attracted and retained by the salaries in districts that serve suburbs”

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The Agreement, the Arrangement, and the Betrayal

The dangerous false logic in political messaging about public pensions (and how to defeat it)

Javier Suárez

Powerful elected officials are playing a shrewd and cunning game designed to convince Chicago residents to break our contract with our teachers regarding the agreed-upon value of their work. This scheme sets a dangerous precedent that must be stopped and exposed for what it is—an attack on the economic security of working people across our city.