Wisconsin schools doing just fine thank you

I guess all the yelling and screaming the unions did was all for naught.
The very legislation that nearly provoked riots inside Wisconsin’s capital also saved many school districts from financial ruin or having to fire significant numbers of teachers, concludes a report released this morning from the Education Action Group.

The Wisconsin legislature and Gov. Scott Walker (R) passed Act 10 in early 2011. It sparked a weeks-long, raucous protest in Madison’s streets and the capitol building, as well as a recall against Walker, his lieutenant governor, and four state representatives. The law limits most public-sector collective bargaining to salaries, not benefits, and caps public employee’s annual raises at the rate of inflation.

“Act 10, or at least some form of it, was desperately needed,” the report quotes from Glenn Schilling, superintendent of Hartland-Lakeside schools. “Collective bargaining is outdated. Things that made sense 20 or 30 years ago no longer make sense. But to get things out of the contract and make needed changes was impossible.”

http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2012/03/13/collective-bargai...

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So all these predictions about schools, education and the end of civilization as we knew it in Mad City was just so much hyperbola?

Huh. Imagine that...

Maybe Ohio could use a law like that.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

Wisconsin LOST 12,500 jobs last year--worst in the nation.

Of course, that's what one would expect when you cut spending in the middle of a recession. Bravo.

Pink Slip

What , other than a complete nimrod, doesn't see that government waste is part and parcel of Liberalism gone amok !

Privatizing,everything that government does will always save money and create more real jobs.
Anyone not believing that hasn't read much History, prior to FDR's, headlong dive into Liberal totalitarianism !

Yes, Wisconsin lost jobs in 2011 but the unemployment rate NEVER was as high as the national average. Unemployment did reach 7% at the end of 2011.

Imagine that. Right NOW the unemployment rate in Wisconsin is 6.9%. If only Obama the Golfer-In-Chief had numbers as good as this RED state.

"After losing jobs during much of 2011, Wisconsin began to play catch-up in January with the biggest month of private-sector job gains in almost two decades and a decline in the state's unemployment rate to 6.9% from 7.0%."

"The state's overall jobs report, however, was mixed. It included heavy revisions to last year's figures that showed deeper losses of private-sector jobs than previously reported - revealing that the state lost jobs in six of the 12 months, registered zero job growth in a seventh, and a net loss of 9,700 private-sector jobs cumulatively in the months of January through December. Previously released figures had shown a net gain of 13,500 in that period."

http://www.jsonline.com/business/state-gains-15700-jobs-in-january-joble...

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

If the President had an unemployment rate of 6.9% he'd be a shoo in for reelection.

And those job losses Pink referred to were in the private sector. Government spending, especially at the state level, primarily affects public sector jobs.

Wisconsin's job losses came primarily in manufactering. So what was the government going to do? Buy widgets?

MikeyA

"And those job losses Pink referred to were in the private sector."

I'm sorry Mikey, but that's not true. From January 2011 to January 2012, government jobs in Wisconsin were down 13,400 and private sector jobs were up 900 for a net decrease of 12,500

http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/newsreleases/2012/unemployment/120308_janua...

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Pink Slip

It was not necessary to gut public employee rights to save money. In Ohio, the total savings through collective bargaining is over $1 billion in concessions from public employees! Most of those who devote themselves to serving the public are willing to sacrifice in times of crisis.

And it is far too soon to judge what the long term effects of diminishing the remuneration and job protections will have on attracting and keeping the best teachers. They are, after all, college graduates. As the economy improves, many will leave for professions where they'll make more money and get more respect. As it is, about 1/2 of all those who enter the teaching profession leave within 5 years. Do we really want to increase these numbers? Is denigrating the profession in the best interests of our children, our most vital natural resource?

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