Sep 8, 201511:51 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Wisconsin classroom refugees fleeing for Germany
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Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances preach end times due to Republican misrule but the predicted Armageddon never seems to arrive. Funny how that works.
Their latest scare tactic is that, post-Act 10, teachers are bailing out of Wisconsin classrooms like Syrian refugees. (“Will teachers desert Wisconsin?” hopeful teachers unionistas ask/allege.)
Well, the aggregate number of teachers statewide did fall slightly, and student-teacher ratios rose a bit.
“But those changes started in 2009 — during the depths of the recession — and did not dramatically accelerate after Governor Walker signed Act 10 in 2011,” finds the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
It’s still too early to tell if Act 10 will have any long-term effects on education in Wisconsin. But so far, at least, it doesn’t seem to have changed much beyond perception. Teacher experience levels are barely below where they were five years ago and about the same as they were 10 years ago. The average teacher salary in Wisconsin remains just slightly above the middle of the pack, and Wisconsin is not losing ground when looking at changes over the last decade. …
There’s early evidence that some Wisconsin districts are changing their compensation plans to offer retention bonuses, supplemental pay, or higher pay for teachers who take on additional responsibilities.
Taken together, these data suggest that Wisconsin’s Act 10 may have pushed some government workers to retire immediately, but once the public outcry died down, the public sector labor market more or less returned to normal. We certainly haven’t seen the enormous drain of teacher talent that some predicted.
One more indicator: four years after Act 10, Wisconsin high school students rank second in the nation in their composite ACT college admission scores this year, tied with Iowa and a tick below Minnesota. (More here.)