Saturday, November 19, 2016

Lower coaches stipends

CPS Outsourcing Coaches to Save Money
By Jim Vail

The Chicago Public Schools recently announced that they have teamed up with the Chicago Park District to provide sports programs to the elementary school students.

Among the recent budget cuts was the elementary sports programs.

CPS no longer pays coaches to coach sports such as basketball, flag football, track and field, softball, etc. to students in 5-6 grades and 7-8 grades.

Before they paid coaches a measly $20 per hour rate and put a minimum of only so many hours a coach could be paid.

The teachers who coached in the elementary grades of course put in more hours than they were compensated.

Many suburban districts compensate their coaches much more and thus produce better teams. In fact, outside basketball, Chicago public schools rarely win state competitions.

The recent announcement that teachers and others can apply through the Chicago Park District to coach teams means that coaches will be make even less. The park district pays $12 an hour according to a former employee who now teaches in CPS.

The deal appeared to be orchestracted by CPS CEO Forrest Claypool who headed the park district before heading the schools.

So the race to pay less and less is alive and well, the children's well being be damned!

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