Hundreds of teachers from the Chicago Teachers Union protested at Chicago Public School headquarters Wednesday as the board approved raises for six executives, days after the board denied teachers a 4 percent raise.
The protest consisted of 1,500 teachers by some estimates. The crowd chanted and walked from CPS headquarters at Clark and Adams, blocking Clark Street for a time, then in front of the Bank of America and the Board of Trade.
Teachers said it's unfair to deny them their negotiated 4 percent pay raise when they'll be asked to work longer school days and especially when the board is voting to increase the salary of the new CEO and others.
The board voted Wednesday to give pay raises to five CPS administrators and voted for a salary for the new CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard that is higher than his predecessor.
Last week, the board cited a looming budget deficit in rejecting a 4 percent raise for teachers.
Brizard will be making a base salary of $250,000, which is $20,000 more than former CEO Ron Huberman.
The board said all the administrators in question are taking on additional responsibilities and their pay is consistent with other cities.
"It's wrong; they should be leading by example instead of slashing programs, shortchanging kids,” said public school teacher Gabriella Iselin.