CINCINNATI – In May, the Cincinnati school board ratified a new contract with the district’s teachers’ union.

The new three-year deal provided a two percent annual raise for teachers for the life of the contract.

In most professions, raises are handed out based on performance. But public schools have always been an exception, and Cincinnati is a perfect example.

On its state report card issued in 2016, the Cincinnati district received an F in the category of student progress. It received an F in gap closing. It received an F for graduation rate. It received an F in K-3 literacy. It received a D in preparing students for success.

In the 2015-16 fiscal year, 2,200 Cincinnati teachers were paid a combined $134,635,625 in base salary, for an average of $61,198 per teacher. The school district also paid $18,848,987 to the state retirement system on behalf of the teachers, for an average of $8,567 per teacher.

The teachers also received many benefits, like teachers in all schools across the nation, but the district declined our request to see what they were and how much they cost.

“Under the Ohio Public Records Act … CPS is not required to compile or summarize data or create new records,” school district lawyer Daniel Hoying wrote, in response to our request for extensive salary and benefit information.

That means, based on our understanding, that the Cincinnati school district does not keep records of how much it pays teachers for benefits, and is not required to create such records for public information purposes.

But based on the information we received, Cincinnati teachers received an average compensation of at least $69,765.

And how they’re going to get a raise, after their school district received miserable grades for student learning and progress.

What kind of sense does that make?

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