Chicago students spend less time in the classroom than children in any of the five largest urban districts in the country, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality. Chicago teachers’ daily pay, however, is relatively high. The council has developed an online tool that compares teachers’ union contracts in the 50 largest urban districts.

TOP FIVE DISTRICTS
LENGTH OF DAY
DAYS/ YEAR
DAILY PAY
1.
New York City
6 hrs, 50 min
184.5
$236.05
2.
Los Angeles Unified
6 hrs, 10 min
180
$236.05
3.
Chicago Public Schools
5 hrs, 45 min
174
$219.59
4.
Miami-Dade County
6 hrs, 30 min
180
$190.79
5.
Broward County, Fla.
6 hrs
177
$194.74

Notes: Daily teacher pay is for first-year teachers with a bachelor’s degree. Length of year is the number of student attendance days; length of day is for elementary students.

Sources: National Center for Teacher Quality, www.nctq.org, and school districts.

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