Since teacher salary is a topic of agitation, let's take a look at District Level office salaries.
Schools belong to "Networks" - groupings of schools under a Network Chief. Each Network Chief has a staff. Currently, CPS has increased its mid-layer bloat to 17 Network Offices up from just a few years ago.
Crain's Chicago did a deep-dive a few years ago on cost-saving measures that could be implemented at CPS indicating that there is swelling and redundancies in middle-management. With titles like "Senior Manager" and "Director" it's impossible to understand what these positions do.
While Crain's numbers are from a couple years ago, the point is still valid today.
It's hard to know why so many dollars are spent out of the classroom.
Network Chiefs cost the District $162,500 each for a total of over $3 million.*
*This does not include Independent Schools Network, AUSL salaries or the Chief of Network Chiefs. The Executive Director of the Independent Schools Network in CPS makes $154,909. The Chief of AUSL networks makes $140,957. Chief of Chiefs makes $180,000. Instructional Support Leaders are members of CTU and part of the strike.
The average Network employee makes $99,604.63.
Since CPS Legal is above the CEO's office on the CPS Organizational Chart, let's see how much they cost.
This breakdown does NOT include attorneys in other departments like Office of Diverse Learners Supports, EOCO compliance officers/investigators, Office of Local School Council Relations and anywhere else CPS uses attorneys in-house.
CPS Legal costs the District almost $8 million in salaries.
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