Huge High School Dist. 211 Teacher Salaries Show Public School Salaries Are Out Of Control
CHICAGO—The president of Illinois’ largest taxpayer group charged that the huge salaries received by teachers of High School Dist. 211, the state’s largest high school district, show that salaries of public school teachers are out of control and bear no relationship to the value of teachers’ contributions to society. He further criticized the Dist. 211 School Board for caving in to the teachers in order to avoid a threatened strike.
“Any discerning citizen who reviews the salaries of Dist. 211 teachers will realize that the purpose of public schools is not to education students, but to line the pockets of teachers and administrators,” said Jim Tobin, President of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI). “And to make matters worse, the Dist. 211 School Board was so chummy with the teachers that it gave them an unwarranted pay-raise in their new two-year contract. Teachers reportedly will get a base raise of 3.25%, plus a raise tied to the Consumer Price Index.”
“This fleecing of northwest suburban taxpayers occurs at the time when students in Illinois posted the lowest scores ever on the state achievement exam.”
“Not counting the Dist. 211 Superintendent and three Assistant District Superintendents, a listing of salaries for school year ending 2006, from www.thechampion.org, shows that of 937 employees, 317 of the 937-over a third-received salaries of over $100,000 per year.”
“The highest paid teacher in the district received an incredible salary of $160,135, and he was a driver education teacher. The next highest-paid teacher in the top ten received $152,474, for teaching physical education. The third highest-paid teacher in the system received $152,347. He taught Auto/Automotive Body repair.”
“Dist. 211 teachers can retire after 34 years at 55, and in the 20 years after retirement, each of those who made $100,000 or more will receive a total of over $2 million in retirement pension. This is an outrageous rip-off of suburban taxpayers. It’s time taxpayers held the school board accountable.”