Education Improvement

CPS Agreed To Pay School Police Officers’ Full Salary And Pensions — Up To $150,000 Per Year New data shows what CPS’ contract with police calls for: a full year’s salary and benefits for 10 months of work. by WBEZ July 2020.

This story is a reporting partnership between WBEZ and Chalkbeat Chicago, a nonprofit news outlet covering public education.

In the midst of a heated debate last year about whether police officers should work in Chicago’s public schools, district leaders agreed to pay up to the full salary and benefits of staff assigned to the $33 million program, even though they are police department employees.

Chalkbeat Chicago and WBEZ have learned that the school district agreed to pay $152,000 per police officer and $172,000 per sergeant on a 12-month contract. School is in session for 10 months, and officers have other police department duties during the summer months and other times they are not in schools.

On Wednesday, in response to months of reporters’ questions and multiple Freedom of Information Act requests, Chicago Public Schools said that it will only pay for the time the police officers and sergeants worked on the school program and it won’t be charged for the months when school was closed due to COVID-19.

The district said it is conducting a “reconciliation” of costs for the 2019-20 school year, and that it hasn’t paid the Chicago Police Department yet. The school district was supposed to pay in two installments, in December 2019 and June 2020, according to the contract.

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