Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Killing education in Wisconsin

If you live in the rapidly deteriorating state of Wisconsin, you know the latest news, namely:
Wisconsin is the only state in the nation that had "statistically significant" job losses over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But now check out this story about the effects of Walker's Act 10 ... slashing teacher pay. Do you really want the pay of any teachers maxing out at 38K?

It's amazing just how wrong Walker's direction is on every count. John Nichols gives a quick summary here.
Walker turned down federal funding for transportation and expansion of broadband communications, effectively opting out of 21st century infrastructure development. He picked fights with public employees and teachers, rather than making them partners in a development push. Then he crafted a low-road budget that made deep cuts in education funding and services — effectively telling businesses that while they would have plenty of support in other states, they would be on their own in Wisconsin.
 Nationally it may be a weak recovery, but I'd prefer that to what we have in Wisconsin.

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