Evers says Act 10 ‘turned off a generation of people who want to become teachers’

The 2011 state law known as Act 10 that stripped educators of their collective bargaining rights and reduced their voice in the classroom has “turned off a generation of people who want to become teachers,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said Monday at a pre-election forum.

Evers said the law “made a hell of a big difference,’ and blamed it for a growing shortage of teachers in Wisconsin.

At a forum sponsored by WisPolitics.com, Evers also said the governor’s state budget proposal to tie a boost in state school aid to a local school district’s compliance with provisions of the Act 10 is “a significant overreach by the state.”

Evers noted that some school districts have found cooperative ways to work with their staff to solve budget issues. According to a WisPolitics report on the forum, Evers noted that Monona Grove teachers had been paying 12 percent toward their health care, as required by Act 10, but achieved savings by switching plans and subsequently reduced the amount staff had to contribute.

“Is that right as a state to say: ‘Well, you shouldn’t be doing that?’” Evers asked at the Milwaukee forum, which featured the two candidates who are seeking the post of State Superintendent in the April 4 election – incumbent Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz.

Also at the forum, Evers said he was “fearful” about how U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will use her “bully pulpit” as secretary.

He said if DeVos comes to Milwaukee to visit a high-achieving voucher school, she should also visit public schools.

“She better go to both,” Evers said. “And she better talk about both in a positive way. She represents all kids, all 680,000 public school kids in the state of Wisconsin, and we need her to be an advocate for those kids.”

Both candidates said they support repeal of the current law that prohibits school districts from starting the school year before September 1.

Following the forum, Evers called for an investigation into Holtz’s use of his school district email account for campaign purposes. Read more about this controversy.

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Evers says Act 10 ‘turned off a generation of people who want to become teachers’

At a forum sponsored by WisPolitics.com, Evers also said the governor’s state budget proposal to tie a boost in state school aid to a local school district’s compliance with provisions of the Act 10 is “a significant overreach by the state.”

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