Emanuel Unveils $5M Fund For Merit Pay For Principals

Updated 08/15/11 – 3:05 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday is unveiling a $5 million fund to provide merit pay for Chicago Public School principals.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Emanuel said that money from four philanthropic families will establish the $5 million fund.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

The mayor acknowledged that merit pay programs in other cities and even a pilot program here have not proven effective, but Emanuel said this new approach includes training, support and a multi-faceted report card to track progress.

“One of the things that we’ve learned from the failures of others is you can’t just kind of throw merit performance pay out there and say a Hail Mary pass. This is tied to a comprehensive, integrated approach – the first of its kind anywhere in the country – that doesn’t just rely on ‘You’ll get a bonus.’”

Emanuel’s office hopes to raise an additional $5 million to bring the total funding for the merit pay program to $10 million.

Emanuel also said he plans to make good on his campaign promise of merit pay for teachers, but noted that principals have gone a couple of years without pay raises. He also needs legislative approval in order to enact merit pay for teachers.

  • Sickened

    Shouldn’t the merit pay for principals be the 200k salaries they get along with lavish pensions of 75% of their pay when they retire at 52? So they need more than all that to get them to do the jobs taxpayers pay them to do?

    Why not give them an incentive where they get to keep their job if they do well like the rest of us in the private sector get.

  • righttrack

    Atlanta, GA had a program similar to this – all it accomplished was that the principals falsified test scores in order to line their pockets with extra cash. It also got a bunch of the principals fired for it too.

  • malcom

    have you not learned anything from the Atlanta School system? you are setting yourselves up for corrpuption. Hey I know, how about just paying them to do their job???? If they can’t then there are plenty of others who will work for the same pay.

  • Zoey Spades

    Not only Atlanta cheating, but the myriad specialty schools such as college preps, magnets, charter schools, etc. strip the few good students from inner city schools leaving them with the gang bangers, special needs kids and dregs–all point to a very uneven playing field. Let’s see how/if he plans to adjust for this. Finally, let’s see how big a role clout plays in the “merit” pay raises.

  • Katherine

    Raising my taxes to pay for this?

  • Concern

    50,000 Korean War National Museum supporters can urgently use Charity Search Engines.

  • RetiredinAz1

    Wow! Another hair-brain idea by Rahm!!! He is driving the CPS and the CITy into a pitfall that it will never recover from! What an idiot!

  • Jennie

    I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS!!! It would be explicitly clear to an COMPLETE IDIOT that this is a HORRIBLE, INSANE, BACKWARDS AND STUPID IDEA. Failing school are ran by failing principals.
    They are chosen by the local school council members that usually have the IQ of a turkey. The teacher repensenatives are usually bought off along with the rest of them. It dosen’t take much, assure the lsc members that their child will pass, perhaps get the opportunity to steal something, like food from the lunchroom, construction paper, etc. Maybe, the principal will give their dumb kid a job in the office. The principals then begin loading their school with their friends and family members. Principals are professionally trained liars and well paid too. All of them are making 6 figures as it is and for what? FOR RUNNING A FAILING SCHOOL? I know of a principal that lies about her enrollment with the help of the attendance clerk and the school is damn near empty. The principal requires the students, faculty AND PARENTS TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT JUST TO SPEAK WITH HER. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT GIVING HER GREEDY ASS MORE MONEY? Tell me I am dreaming. Didn’t they learn anything from Georgia? All of the principals have Master’s, some of them have Doctorial degrees, Very few have traditional PHD’S IN EDUCATION. HEY, ALL YOU TEACHERS OUT THERE THAT VOTED FOR RAHM, YOU ARE GETTING EXACTLY WHAT YOU DESERVE. NOTHING.

  • RetiredinAz1


    • Concerned

      What about the teachers? Where is their incentives or raise? What about children in low income neighborhoods that don’t have books? Most principals make six figures, is that not enough! Does anybody really care about the children? They really need the money! Our society gives the wealthier more!

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