Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Scott Walker's toxic legacy: Act 10 puts rural school districts in an even deeper hole

Reported in Back to school, without a teacher: Inside the struggle to keep teachers at rural schools.  (USA Today, 8/28/2019)
School is about to start in Wisconsin, and the Wabeno School District has been scrambling to fill open teaching positions. Again. Last year in this northern Wisconsin town – which has about 1,000 residents – a fifth-grade teaching job went unfilled for the whole year. 
A few years before that, 13 staff members quit after a clash with the former district administrator. That was 40% of the faculty. 

Original 1/8/2019 post, "Teacher bashing compounded by cuts to education", starts here.

Our sloganeering ex-governor

That means, Scott Walker, schools can't afford to put the best and the brightest in the classroom.  "Everyone is feeling the pinch for tech ed teachers," Luxemburg-Casco district Superintendent Glenn Schlender said. "And the price goes up as those teachers become more scarce. Finding someone who is a teacher with the skills to teach the technology and software for that program is rare."

No best and brightest, in other words.  In northern Wisconsin, school districts faced “extreme shortages” in filling 56% of teacher vacancies, compared to 46% in the rest of the state, based on a statewide survey conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The survey defined “extreme shortage” to mean that a school district received few applicants for the job opening and few, if any, high-quality candidates.

More on Scott Walker's legacy:
December 2018
The first 3 chapters:  environment, transportation, corrections. (12/12/2018)
Chapter 4:  Wisconsin families can't afford basic necessities edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 5:  Scott Walker's shameful legacy: The black-white high-school graduation gap edition.  (12/12/2018)
Chapter 6. Scott Walker's shameful legacy (the higher education edition).  (12/13/2018)

January 2019
Taking credit where no credit is due.  (1/7/2019)
Not telling the whole story.  (1/7/2019)
Gliding over the disparities.  (1/7/2019)
Voter suppression.  (1/7/2019)
Just fine and dandy with treading water over high school graduation rates.  (1/8/2019)
And then, to make matters worse, he apparently hacks his son's Twitter account.  (1/9/2019)
Dear Scott Walker, You forgot to mention this part of "OUR LEGACY".  Best, Retiring Guy.  (1/12/2019)
Scott Walker's toxic legacy: "Power to the people" hypocrisy" (Taking away local control).  (1/12/2019)
Pay to play the groundwater contamination way.  (1/12/2019)
Addicted to political slogans.  (1/12/2019)
Blaming his predecessor.  (1/19/2019)
Fast-tracking bills, stifling public participation.  (1/23/2019)

February 2019
UW Regents as campaign donors' club.  (2/8/2019)
Act 10, not working. (2/15/2019)
Scott Walker environmental legacy UPDATE: Little to no review, lax enforcement, more contaminated groundwater.  (4/22/2019)

April 2019
Frac sand nightmare.  (4/25/2019)
Chapter 6 UPDATE.  State Higher Education Executives Officers Association confirms Scott Walker's shameful higher education legacy. (4/26/2019)The destructive legacy of Governor Scott "We're # 1" Walker: the 30 billion pound milkman.  (4/27/2019)

May 2019
The piggy bank otherwise known as WEDC.  (5/14/2019)
Giving children with complex mental health needs the shaft edition).  (5/17/2019)

June 2019
Scott Walker's legacy UPDATE: Achieves jobs creation pledge in 8 years instead of 4.  (6/8/2019)
Heartless bastard.  (6/14/2019)
Scott Walker's legacy UPDATE: The Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake youth prison scandal.  (6/21/2019)

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