The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.
In the past, teachers and other staff at Kaukauna were required to pay 10 percent of the cost of their health insurance coverage and none of their pension costs. Now, they’ll pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their coverage (still well below rates in much of the private sector) and also contribute 5.8 percent of salary to their pensions. The changes will save the school board an estimated $1.2 million this year, according to board President Todd Arnoldussen.
The changes mean Kaukauna can reduce the size of its classes -- from 31 students to 26 students in high school and from 26 students to 23 students in elementary school. In addition, there will be more teacher time for one-on-one sessions with troubled students. Those changes would not have been possible without the much-maligned changes in collective bargaining.
So, What do you think?
Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:24 AM on Jul. 6, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 8:01 PM on Jul. 5, 2011
Success in one town. Would it translate to other cities? IDK.
Just like HC systems in all other industrialized countries being not for profit and it works, yet many claim it would not work here.
Answer by Sisteract at 8:01 PM on Jul. 5, 2011
Answer by annabarred at 10:38 PM on Jul. 5, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 11:58 PM on Jul. 5, 2011
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Answer by UpSheRises at 8:17 PM on Jul. 5, 2011