Cuts to Wisconsin’s state budget are resulting in layoffs of 519 staff members in Milwaukee Public Schools, including 354 teachers, reports CNN. “The layoffs are effective Friday, the beginning of the third quarter, when cash-strapped state and local governments are forecast to shed up to 110,000 jobs, according to IHS Global Insight.”…Read More
This weekend, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) signed into law a budget that scrapped $800 million in education funding following an earlier law that reduced collective bargaining rights to almost nothing, reports the Huffington Post. As Walker put pen to paper, teacher Margaret Allen felt mixed emotions.
“Having that legislation official, now signed into law, it’s a done deal,” she said. “It’s been heartbreaking but it also strengthens my resolve to continue being politically active.”
A recent spate of Wisconsin public information requests forced school districts to determine whether citizens deserve to know if teachers who took sick days on Feb. 16 were really suffering from the flu, or instead were protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) policies, reports the Huffington Post. The Wisconsin State Journal reported online Tuesday that conservative groups filed public records requests to uncover the names of the teachers who played hooky to protest legislation that drastically altered the laws governing their profession. The sick-out led to school closures, as teachers rallied en masse against Walker’s proposal to end collective bargaining for civil employees, including teachers……Read More