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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Depends On Where You Teach

    Aug 23, 2020 - Teacher Librarian in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Great salary, working with learners

    Cons

    Insecure principals, inequity and inequality in the school system.

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Very hard to balance life and work. Emotionally stressful

    Nov 21, 2021 - Teacher 
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    Pros

    I have worked at more than one CPS school. So I will say that depending on where you are assigned, the experience will be very different. It is demanding, but it depends on you to make the best of it. The pay is better than many districts nearby as are the benefits it offers. Summers off is also a great perk.

    Cons

    Very political. Layer and layers of paperwork, protocol that many times doesn't make sense and initiatives that don't last for more than 5 years. Principals have too much power. Many times, it feels like a thankless job even when you are giving so much, even your emotional well being.

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    In it for the young people & union

    Aug 17, 2021 - Regular Teacher in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Working with young people. Teaching a subject I’m passionate about with relative autonomy. Membership in Chicago Teachers Union. Good salary and benefits. Community with other passionate educators. These simple pros far outweigh the many nuanced cons for me.

    Cons

    There can be large class sizes. Many school buildings are old and need repairs. District and network leadership is awful, they don’t seem to care about students’ learning conditions or teachers’ working conditions. Some schools have demanding, vindictive principals and there’s no recourse; thus assessments of teacher performance can be stressful and tenure may be difficult to get. You will always work “after hours” if you are doing this job correctly.

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great place to work!

    Jun 23, 2021 - SECA in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Pay is good. Hours are reasonable. Travel

    Cons

    Multiple responsibilities for one job. Principals can be controlling

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  6. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Good salary and benefits but no work-life balance

    Jun 5, 2021 - Teacher 
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    Pros

    Sometimes it is very satisfying to teach children and the benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Schools are chronically underfunded and if you want to do a good job you will find that you are working mornings, evenings and weekends and you will spend your own money for the things you need. Most principals don't see you as someone that they should treat very politely once the interview is over. You are constantly put in situations where you simply can't do a good job.

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Flexibility and Patience

    Apr 12, 2021 - Teacher in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Steady work and good benefits. But this was before the pandemic.

    Cons

    The rules of engagement are constantly changing. Principals have too much power and can make or break a school. I can’t even imagine what it is like to teach remotely, these days.

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Never going to be perfect

    Apr 11, 2021 - Chicago Public School Teacher in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Unionized, large system, becoming more progressive

    Cons

    Unqualified and/or vindictive principals, limited autonomy for teachers

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Not the best

    Sep 20, 2020 - English Teacher in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Good pay/benefits, but only because they're fought for by the union.

    Cons

    Constant pressure to do more for less pay. Principals are given a lot of power and grievances often go dismissed,

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  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Thank god for the CTU keeping them honest

    Aug 12, 2020 - Teacher 
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    Pros

    Some good initiatives and departments, for example the Department of SSCE (Social Science and Civic Engagement) provides excellent support for teachers, and focused on doing the right sorts of student center learning practices, if you end up in a good school environment with the right people and supports, it can be wonderful

    Cons

    Many schools horribly run with abusive Principals; district priorities focus heavily on test scores, obsessive about showing data-driven growth to the detriment of actually educating young people; big inefficient bureaucracy

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  11. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Good Organization with Good People

    Jul 5, 2020 - Special Education Teacher 
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    Pros

    Support from veteran teachers and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Lack of supportive principals and inconsistent visioning.

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