[Grovenet] who wins in Wisconsin?
steelem at pacificu.edu
Thu Sep 1 08:19:39 PDT 2011
One wonders why the Rs are so indifferent to, or hostile to, the life of the mind. Is education in itself a threat to their "program"?
From: grovenet-bounces at rdrop.com [mailto:grovenet-bounces at rdrop.com] On Behalf Of Walt Wentz
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 7:45 AM
To: Forest Grove local interests list
Subject: [Grovenet] who wins in Wisconsin?
Interesting article at http://www.care2.com/causes/wisconsin-
When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his GOP cronies in the
Legislature strong-armed through a union-busting bill, they touted
the effects it would have on the free market. Well, the market has
spoken, and it's not happy. Associate Press reported today that
teachers in Wisconsin are retiring at twice the normal rate in
response to budget cuts that affect their benefits and ability to
Though many public sectors in Wisconsin are seeing more retirements
than usual, for schools this is especially problematic, as fewer
teachers means even larger class sizes. It's quickly turning into a
veritable teacher shortage; the district of Beloit, for example, has
seen 10% of their teachers retire, meaning that they have far more
vacancies than they can reasonably hope to fill before the year starts.
Perhaps an even bigger problem is that most of the retirements are
coming from veteran teachers, who have been in the system for years.
Green Bay German teacher Ginny Fleck is quoted by AP as saying, "All
of the leadership is gone. Some of these younger people who come in
need help from the older teachers and they are gone. Plus, the morale
is really down." Fleck goes on to say that one reason why she
considered leaving was the economics: if she was to stay as a
teacher, the hit she would take would have been so large that she
would have lost $8,000...
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