September 10th, 2012
07:46 AM ET

Monday's live events

The conventions have come to a close, and the candidates are back on the campaign trail.  Watch Live for all the latest coverage from the presidential election.

Today's programming highlights...

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - The Chicago teacher strike, the election and spending will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's briefing with the White House press corps.

2:00 pm ET - Congress back in session - After a five-week recess, both the House and Senate will be back in action.  What will lawmakers accomplish between now and Election Day?

3:00 pm ET - Romney in Ohio - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a campaign event for supporters in Mansfield, Ohio. Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

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  1. Ed Eastside

    For a new teacher just out of college, the starting salary of a Chicago teacher is $51k. If they have a higher education than a bachelor's degree, they can be
    making an average of $88k ($93k if you include fringe benefits). The
    average, according to the AP is $69k. They just rejected a 16% increase over the next four years; 4% of which they would have received immediately. Should we feel sorry for them?

    September 10, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    I'm going to make an unpoltically correct statement and say that the biggest problem with the American school system is American students. Teachers in this country are a convenient scapegoat when parents don't push their children to do their homework, or when the government continually takes away the little power that teachers have over their own classrooms. But teachers are an even better scapegoat when little johnny thinks it's funny to cuss the teacher out, b/c after all, the teacher should understand that little johnny is either: a) Economically deprived, therefore unable to show respect, OR
    b) Angry with his parents, therefore unable to show respect, OR
    c) little johnny is trying to find himself, therefore he is unable to show respect, OR
    d) All of the above.
    Teachers can't teach Math, English or Science b/c they're too busy trying to teach another subject: Respect 101.

    September 10, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree wholeheartedly, Steve.
      It may be politically incorrect, but it is the truth.
      What teachers go through, especially in an urban school, must not be discounted.

      September 10, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    While I agree that 51,000 *is* the base salary for a starting teacher with a bachelor's degree, the figure of 88k is wrong; it's only about 83' AFTER working 25 years.
    NY is higher.
    Left out also was the fact that they didn't *recieve* the pay raises already in the contract, and that the workday is being extended; class sizes are *never* as promised.
    20 or less?
    I do agree that the raised should be kept in line with what other teachers are getting, as they have a higher starting salary, however, that being said, if RE wants to keep playing fast and loose with the contracts the teachers already *had* in denying them the raises already in their contracts...he's gonna have people who object!
    One reason teacher starting salaries are so high is that Chicago has a hard time attracting and *keeping* new teachers.
    It is a very rough environment that these teachers are supposed to educate children in, so I suppose in that sense, the higher starting salary *is* hazard pay...

    September 10, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    They didn't get the raises already written in their contract; numbers are pretty meaningless when something is not delivered.

    September 10, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    good morning all.
    Education is one sector imperative to any country's progress and at the core of its success. Sadly neglected now in the US of A.
    I agree with what @ Steve and@banasy have to say.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hamsta

    I was listening to the radio this morning amd a politival ad came on with Obama running his gums about taxing yhe rich, claiming it will benefit the middle class. He says he did the math. According to his math the private sector is just fine, I didn't build that, the summer of recovery was two years ago and he has millions of shovel ready jobs ready to go. I checked that math, the private sector is on the verge of collapse, yes I did build that, the summer of recovery never happened and his shovel ready jobs don't exist. By my math 3 strikrs and you have struck out. Why is this charlatain still at home plate?

    September 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      We know.
      You like Romney and Ryan.
      "We built that" is their slogan, not Obama's; I am not even going to go into what Romney and Ryan's plan is, for they haven't come up with it yet.
      No numbers, no plan, no problem.
      I loved Chris Wallace's commentary on both conventions; the hypocrisy was stunning, although I am not surprised; him being a shill for Fox and all.
      Have a lovely day, Hamsta.

      September 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Just because CNN hasn't announced a plan doesn't mean they don't have one. By the way bending forward isn't a plan either. you know what happens when you bend forward don't you? That's exactly what will happen to America if Obama gets four more years. If an employee can't do his job you fire him and hire someone else, case closed.

      September 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |