The two Democrats running in an open far-northern Wisconsin Assembly seat have both come down hard on Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 law, saying it’s causing teachers to leave the state.
When Walker pushed Act 10 through the Legislature in his first few months as governor in 2011, he called it a tool for local governments and school boards to balance budgets because it took away almost all union bargaining power.
One of the Democratic candidates in the 74th Assembly District is Graham Garfield of Mason, a spring graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He said his classmates are hitting the road in search of teaching jobs.Didn't you just hear Mary Burke talk about that the other day in Fond du Lac about the Neenah graduate? Think it's just all talk? DON'T! Trust me, there are lots of people my age looking at the Twin Cities and Minnesota as destinations. Some of us who can't bear to leave Wisconsin (unless the absolute right opportunity comes along) are doing other things like move to districts where we can be insulated from the affects of the law, but we are ALL doing something as young teachers.
“They wanted a job in Minnesota or Michigan, where teachers make $7,000 more a year,” said Garfield. “Without strong teachers from Wisconsin working in Wisconsin, we’ll never be able to support the kind of high-quality, world-class education opportunities that Wisconsin has afforded in the past.”Oh, but I'm sure Gov. Walker and the other WOW County Republicans who get inundated with Charlie Sykes and Mark Belling have everything figured out when it comes to students from La Crosse, Eau Claire, Superior, and Hudson. Yep, they've got it ALL figured out...
His Democratic opponent Beth Meyers of Bayfield said Walker’s push for more vouchers for private schools and Act 10 will chase teachers away.
“In this district is the Wisconsin high school teacher of the year, Rick Erickson,” said Meyers. “After Act 10 came down, it will take him six to eight years to get the same pay that he had in his take-home pay before Act 10. That’s not how you say ‘thank you’ to a teacher.”
Don't even get me started about how other younger teachers are being affected by various district's different scales of teacher compensation. Some are so bassakwards it's little wonder they don't realize they are chasing people away from even applying. Us Millennials are notorious for quickly moving and not feeling tied down anywhere. If you want to constantly keep retraining new teachers to your district, a sure-fire way is doing everything in your power to not try and attract and retain quality young educators.