The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago Schools:
Window Dressing for the Election

Jun 9, 2014

Chicago Public Schools announced that it is spending $21 million to hire 168 teachers over the next two years – 84 arts teachers and 84 physical education teachers.

This is just in time for the election – and it will disappear just as quickly.

The 164 teachers to be hired do not even bring the schools back to where they were two years ago. On top of that, there’s a catch. The art teacher positions are only funded temporarily. The money pays for their salary their first year, but only pays three quarters the second year, half the third year and so on. By the fourth year, the schools have to come up with their own money if they want to keep the teachers – money they don’t have, of course. So the job and the teachers will be gone. Maybe it has something to do with what happens this year: state elections are this fall, and the city elections are next spring!