View Full Version : Local News Emanuel secures $5 million in donations for CPS principals' merit pay

08-16-2011, 08:37 AM
From the Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-merit-pay-20110816,0,7366542.story) by Joel Hood:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made principal recruitment, training and evaluation a centerpiece of his overhaul of Chicago Public Schools and has secured $5 million in private donations to help boost salaries for the city's best-performing principals.

Figuring out which measurements should be used to determine the city's "best-performing" principals is a matter of considerable debate, however, and will be a thorny issue for CPS leaders and the mayor as they launch a program they're calling the most far-reaching of its kind in the U.S.

"A comprehensive reform of principal training, and that starts with a new standard," Emanuel said Monday at a West Side elementary school. "The highest caliber for our principals."

The changes include a $10 million initiative called the Chicago Leadership Collaborative, a program to recruit quality principal candidates within CPS and to elevate those already on staff with enhanced training and mentorships. It also includes a detailed accounting system of principal achievement, likely using benchmarks such as student performance in core subjects, college preparedness and building a positive culture and safe learning environment on campus.

CPS officials will meet with principals and education leaders over the next several weeks to hammer out the details of this evaluation process. They said the new incentives will apply above and beyond the principal salaries laid out in current contracts.

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