Wisconsin’s anti-collective bargaining law has significantly lowered teacher pay, increased teacher turnover rates and likely harmed student achievement, new study finds

“As a result of Act 10, teachers receive significantly lower compensation, turnover rates are much higher, and teacher experience has dropped significantly,” Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling said at the release of a new study that documents how the 2011 anti-collective bargaining law has harmed Wisconsin. “Rather than encouraging the best and the brightest to become teachers and remain in the field throughout their career, Act 10 has demonized and devalued the teaching profession and driven away many teachers.” The study was released by the Center for American Progress.

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Educators have pointed questions for Governor Walker as he visits Milton High School

One of the questions posed in writing to Governor Walker by Milton Education Association President Michael Dorn on behalf of Milton educators is: “Governor, you have repeatedly said that the state cannot afford to fund public education at 2010 levels. If so, how can the state afford to fund a second system of private voucher schools along with traditional neighborhood public schools?”

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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.

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Act 10 had a profoundly negative impact on state, Pocan tells Iowa legislators

U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) delivers a message to Iowa legislators about the negative consequences to Wisconsin workers and families from Act 10. Iowa is considering a similar law, and Governor Walker as traveled to Iowa to promote it. Pocan, however, says Act 10 – which eliminated the right of educators and other public service workers to collectively negotiate over students’ learning environment, their working conditions and their ability to provide for their families – has had a profoundly negative impact on schools, unions, worker rights, and the state’s overall economy.

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Legislative Update – February 13

Governor Walker has released details of his 2017-19 state budget proposal. Some key provisions include: Withholds state aid to local school districts that don’t comply with Act 10 collective bargaining requirements, including having employees pay 12 percent of health insurance costs. Eliminates the Educational Approval Board, which regulates for-profit higher education institutions. Creates permanent teaching license to replace current five-year renewal cycles. Increases per-pupil aid payments for public school students by $200 in fiscal year 2017-18 and $204 in 2018-19. And much more.

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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.”

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