We all know the devastation that ACT 10 has wrought upon our state. Ok not everyone gets it, the Wall Street Journal for instance REALLY doesn't get it!
Scott Fitzgerald really really doesn't get it!
For now, Mr. Walker and Wisconsin taxpayers can savor one more vindication.
Today's court ruling on Act 10 is great news for WI taxpayers. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/187477761.html …
However the people that do get it are the ones who have to live it. The perfect example is the Portage School District. The Warriors can no longer fight the effects of ACT 10 and have started systematically destroying their schools!
The Portage School Board, due to the statewide budget cuts, is forced to go to referendum for $2.6 Million dollars operational referendum!
They say that it will not cause taxes to go up as they are reducing the budget now, and BOY are they. They not only closed 2 schools(including the 2nd ranked school in the state(according to the state's new 'accountability system')). They also recently holed the teachers in their room on a Friday afternoon, then sent the Principle and Vice Principle to walk around in delivering the news or who would be non-renewed next year.
In the National Football League, on cut down day, they call it "the turk". From now on in Wisconsin, the date of renewal/non-renewal for teachers in Wisconsin will forever more be known as "The Scott".
This day in Portage School District, , "The Scott" claimed the jobs(on top of the 2 school closings) of (at least)14 well respected veteran teachers in the Portage School District. These positions were not fringe and they were not "fat". Amongst the cuts were Drivers Ed, 2 English Teachers, A Social Studies teacher, a Home Ec teacher( if no one can afford to eat or own a house, why do we need to know home ec?).
Here is a school district that used the ACT 10 paycut for teachers and still is cutting $3,000,000 from their operating budget! Does anyone really think that a $3 million cut will NOT affect the children's learning experience? Wasn't the end of the teacher's unions supposed to stop this? Did you taxes really go down when your local schools get devastated? Is that the education "reform" that you want for your children/grand children?
By the way, for the "liberal media chicken littles", you will have a hard time finding this story anywhere in any media. I guess the firing of 14 teachers is no longer news in Wisconsin.
I am not sure I would call this a "win for the taxpayers" but then again, I would be surprised if the editors of the Wall Street Journal could find Wisconsin on a map!