Educators discuss Act 10’s impact on the teaching profession

The latest article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series on Act 10 examines the impact on the teaching profession and includes interviews with several WEAC members. It begins:

“Educators eager to blame Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 for the declining supply of teachers say the evidence is obvious and convincing.

“In 2015, four years after the law’s collective-bargaining limits reshaped the profession, the smallest group of juniors and seniors in two decades was enrolled in teaching programs at the state’s public universities.

“Some 25% of school districts are reporting an ‘extreme shortage’ of job-seekers for key positions. Teaching is ‘no longer considered an attractive career path’ for many top students, educators warned state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.”

Among those quoted are Student WEA/Region 9 members Briana Schwabenbauer and Alanna Ehrike; Beloit Education Association and WEAC Region 6 member Lyman Elliott; WEAC Retired/Region 10 member Susan Disbrow; WEAC Region 7 member Terry Kaldhusdal of the Kettle Moraine School District, a 2006 elementary school teacher of the year; Green Bay Education Association President Lori Cathey; and Bayfield teacher and WEAC Region 1 member Rick Erickson, a 2014 Teacher of the Year.

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Schools face tougher task in finding teachers

Educators eager to blame Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 for the declining supply of teachers say the evidence is obvious and convincing. In 2015, four years after the law’s collective-bargaining limits reshaped the profession, the smallest group of juniors and seniors in two decades was enrolled in teaching programs at the state’s public universities.

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Wauwatosa Superintendent Phil Ertl told parents at a meeting: “People are being driven away from the teaching profession.”