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Chicago Schools spends $50,000 on software program that is criticized as useless

July 21, 2011

Though the Chicago Public Schools do not have money to give teachers’ a raise this school year, the powers-that-be found it necessary to purchase a $50,000 program to screen teacher applicants that many say isn’t working.  Besides the teacher’s union being critical of the software approach to assisting the screening of teachers online, principal complain that applicants they wanted to hire are now not eligible to be hired because of a low score on some survey by a software company.

With the new program, applicants are filtered out of the hiring process with principals even having a chance to see the applicant, look at the applicant’s resume, consider their credentials, or consider their references based on past performance.

Applicants and union officials, such as the Chicago School Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, say the survey is overly-objective and unfair.   The survey asks 100 multiple-choice questions which are felt to not predict the success of an applicant as a teacher, according to many.

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