Greenfield School Board member Cathy Walsh on Monday said that 16 teachers either resigned or retired at the end of the school year, which she said presents a more serious picture of staff turnover than the School Board was led to believe.The gentle reader might remember that the Greenfield School Board received some unwanted attention last fall when they tried to ramrod through a draconian employee handbook and were called out on it by the teachers.
The administration had provided the board with resignation and retirement numbers for all staff. Those numbers showed no inordinate exodus. But Walsh said she separated teachers out and found 16 had left, compared with the six or seven that she found had been the more normal turnover over the last nine years.
The board's attitude towards the teachers was so egregious and outrageous that the negative response they received inspired them to be one of the few, if not the only, school board to issue a press release in an effort to try to cover their behinds.
It really shouldn't shock anyone that teachers are resigning, especially from the districts that treat them with such disrespect. People will only tolerate so much before they look for greener pastures where they can get paid better and be treated better. Unfortunately, because of Act 10, many of our finest teachers have and will continue to find those greener pastures outside of Wisconsin, further contributing to the brain drain the state is suffering from.
As with the Milwaukee County child welfare system, we can also expect that the turnover rate will continue to greatly escalate as they continue to put the screws to the teachers as far as their pay and working conditions go.
The end result will be either a completely broken system opened up for education profiteers or a need to substantially increase the spending to maintain a system that meets the minimum expectations of the community. Either way, I would expect that the cost will end up being much greater than any savings that Scott Walker might trumpet about.
Act 10 has already cost the state dearly, and we are only at the beginning of the misery it will cost us.