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Updated Jul 2, 2019

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  1. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co workers, hours, time off, summers off

    Cons

    co works, clerk, vice principal

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    Chicago Public Schools2017-11-07
  2. "Decent new teacher job"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Science Teacher 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Living the teaching vocation, great cultural aspects, good salary for teacher

    Cons

    Little work/life balance, difficult families and children

    Chicago Public Schools2019-07-03
  3. "Bureaucratic Nightmare With Limited Resources"

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    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary for the teaching profession is great although benefits have continued to be whittled away.

    Cons

    Principal politics Ineffective leadership at school and city level Bureaucracy Segregation

    Chicago Public Schools2016-09-03
  4. "Special Education Teacher"

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    Middle School Special Education Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to change the lives of many children who happen to have special education needs. The real reward is when you run into some of them after they've grown up. There have been occasions when I didn't recognize the young man or woman. I always feel good when they break out into a smile when we first see each other. The memories of what we shared begin to come flooding back.

    Cons

    The amount of paperwork is overwhelming along with many deadlines. I taught seventh and eighth grade. Those are difficult development years for boys and girls, especially when they have special problems. (academically/socially) The pressure to increase the test scores for these children is unimaginable. A teacher has to spend large amounts of time test prepping instead of delivering the necessary instruction that will allow these students to improve. The tests that are given at those grade levels are quite challenging for someone with low academic ability. Every time they're given, many students feel defeated before they begin. The teacher spends a lot of valuable time trying to build the self esteem of each child.

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    Chicago Public Schools2016-07-31
  5. Helpful (1)

    "CPS is a sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Teachers really care about the kids.

    Cons

    The CEO is in Jail - They want to cut teacher pay and fire thousands of teachers while they steal money. CPS is a sinking ship. Parents view getting good grades as more important than learning.

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    Chicago Public Schools2015-12-16
  6. "Depends on the school"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you want to work with kids who really need great teachers, CPS has a huge variety of schools to choose from. Many schools in CPS are giving kids in very rough neighborhoods a great education and the chance to really have options and choice in their lives. There are occasional professional development meetings that are helpful and the salaries are pretty good compared to other urban districts. The union is willing to fight, which is necessary in a political system as crazy as Chicago's. There is a good pension program and if you are lucky enough to find a great school with good leadership, you can be part of team that really has an impact on kids who really need good teachers.

    Cons

    There is enormous dead weight in CPS - bad principals, bad tenured teachers, bad new teachers and an at-times impossible to navigate Central Office. It seems like the folks downtown are constantly being moved around and extraordinarily ineffective school leaders are allowed to continue working while successful, dedicated, experienced (and new) teachers are bullied and left with very limited resources. There is a massive variety of experiences even between schools that are just a few blocks from each other. CPS does not have any resources to help teachers with classroom management, which is a major component of school success, and many CPS schools are totally unsafe for kids and adults.

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    Chicago Public Schools2014-07-20
  7. "Not for the faint of heart."

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    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Quality teachers that care about the students.

    Cons

    Lack of administrative support for discipline, micromanaging from school administrators and district bureaucracy.

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    Chicago Public Schools2014-02-09
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