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Unions predicted a disaster...... So, is this an example of a "disaster"?

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? 

 
grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 7:42 PM on Jul. 5, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Imagine that!

    I still have trouble wrapping my head around all the hoopla because you were asked to help pay for your own pension and pay a little more for your healthcare.....................all while still having more perks than most of "we the people."

    School is supposed to be about the CHILDREN. It is beyond sad that GREED takes so much from education.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:24 AM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • I would say Walker knew what he was doing and unions bosses are full of shit.
    Carpy

    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.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 8:01 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • The teachers union is doing more damage to our children than anything else that touches our children's lives. I hope Walkers success is duplicated across the nation.
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 10:38 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.

    Links to countries where it works fully please.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:58 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • ok
    r00j04j08

    Answer by r00j04j08 at 7:51 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • Just like HC systems in all other industrialized countries being not for profit and it works, yet many claim it would not work here.


    Actually, not at ALL like that... One (Walker's bill) takes away the power from BIG union and gives the power back to the people within the municipality to make decisions on behalf of their community... The other (socialized medicine) involves big government GROWING and intervening in the decisions that should be between an individual and their Dr.

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 8:08 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • I'm not sure the teachers wouldn't consider it a success. I'm also not sure i'd claim a reform was a success before the results can even be measured. A school districts bottom line isn't usually even considered when the success of a district is measured.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 8:17 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • I'm not sure the teachers wouldn't consider it a success. I'm also not sure i'd claim a reform was a success before the results can even be measured. A school districts bottom line isn't usually even considered when the success of a district is measured.


    Did you read the full story (click link)? I would say this is one example.... One of example of how many?? Time will tell... But I do think it is one example worth discussing.....

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 8:23 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • Other Wisconsin schools saving money: Hartland-Lakeside save $690,000
    Pewaukee School District~$378,000 in savings
    Menomonee Falls~save the district $1.3 million

    How? By being allowed to shop the free market, require employees to CONTRIBUTE to their pensions, and by doing away with collective bargaining... As it turns out, the Wisconsin Education Association's monopoly on the healthcare was rather expensive.... Now, the money can and should be put into programs for the CHILDREN... NOT the teachers union/benefits...
    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 8:36 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

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