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Senate Bill 7:  A Summary

Strike Rights

Fact finding: The creation of a three panel board that will look at the final offers from the Board of Education and CTU, publish those offers and study the validity of the different claims.  The fact finding process will take over 75 days to complete.

If fact finding does not produce a resolution, then CTU members can vote to strike. In order to authorize a strike 75% of all our bargaining unit members must vote for it.

Attainment of Tenure 

Under last year’s PERA law, 4 ratings were established:  excellent, proficient, needs improvement and unsatisfactory in a four-year probationary period. To achieve tenure, a teacher must have:

  • 3 consecutive years of excellent ratings grants immediate tenure within 3 years

      OR

  • 2 of the last 3 ratings within 4 years are proficient or excellent including the fourth year.

By the end of the fourth year you are either tenured or clicked off.

 

Year 1 

Year 2 

Year 3 

Year 4 

Tenure or Dismissal 

Needs improvement

Proficient

Unsatisfactory

Proficient

TENURE

Needs improvement

Proficient

Excellent

Needs improvement

DISMISSAL

Needs improvement

Needs improvement

Proficient

Proficient

TENURE

 

Non-tenured teachers receiving “excellent” ratings are not guaranteed reemployment and need not be provided a reason for dismissal.  However, under current law if you are clicked off immediately before tenure eligibility, a reason must be provided.

 

NOTE:  To get a year of service you have to work 120 school days. So if you take FMLA leave during your probationary period, that time does not count towards tenure. Right now there are 203 working days. 

 

Dismissal Process

 

This process is more fair than what we have in Chicago.  Now, a second set of eyes will declare if remediation was successful.  The principal is no longer the judge and jury here.

Length of School Day: Fact and Fiction

Stand For Children has called us criminals for a “criminally short” school day. The reality is that the oft-cited example of a Houston student graduating with three years additional instructional time than a CPS graduate is an outlier, not the norm.  Chicago overall is similar to most big urban districts like LA and New York, but is on average slightly lower in our elementary school instructional minutes.

We are willing to addresss a longer school day and school year and have agreed to allow it to be a permissive subject of bargaining. This means we cannot stop CPS from lengthening the school day during contract negotiations.  At the end of the day, we can oppose any attempt to make us work longer without paying for it and we will continue to have a great deal of control over how this issue unfolds.

Learning Conditions Survey

The P-20 state committee will conduct an audit of learning conditions to assess factors that contribute to a safe, highly-resourced, well-run school. Management wants it only to be used as a diagnostic tool to help improve the school internally. As legitimate stakeholders, we will probably have access to it.

Learning conditions may be factored in to any teacher dismissal process. For example, if a school is deteriorating and has no library, it may hold sway during the dismissal process.

 Certificate Revocation

The Superintendent already had the ability to revoke a teacher’s certificate for reasons of incompetence. The new law clarifies the meaning of incompetent.

Now the superintendent could revoke a teacher’s certificate if he or she receives two unsatisfactory evaluations within a 7 year period but the Superintendent can also give a lesser sanction such as additional professional development for which the member must pay.

School Board Training

Under Senate Bill 7, all school board members—elected or appointed—would be mandated to undergo at least 4 hours of training per year.

 

Chicago Teachers Union