Educators discuss Act 10’s impact on the teaching profession

The latest article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series on Act 10 examines the impact on the teaching profession and includes interviews with several WEAC members. It begins: “Educators eager to blame Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 for the declining supply of teachers say the evidence is obvious and convincing. In 2015, four years after the law’s collective-bargaining limits reshaped the profession, the smallest group of juniors and seniors in two decades was enrolled in teaching programs at the state’s public universities. Some 25% of school districts are reporting an ‘extreme shortage’ of job-seekers for key positions.”

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96 percent of recertifications pass

Ninety-six percent – 240 of 251 – of 2016 recertification elections for WEAC locals passed this fall, results released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission show. “In the local associations that chose recertification elections, we saw a tremendous support for the role of the union in supporting educators so they can better help their students,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, a middle school social studies teacher. “This support signals the strong role unions still play in their local school districts to partner with parents and their communities on ensuring the best public schools for students.”

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Why are teachers calling it quits?

For some, it’s the pay. For others it’s the over-emphasis on testing and the inability to focus on true learning. But a common thread among those who leave the teaching profession is they feel disrespected and find that teaching has become a burden rather than a joy. In an article titled “What are the main reasons teachers call it quits?” NPR interviews four teachers, including Sergio Gonzalez, who taught in Madison but quit after Governor Walker and the Legislature passed Act 10, a law that left educators feeling alienated. “I knew that if I stuck around I was going to get bitter, and I was not going to be a good teacher,” Gonzalez says. “But I can’t emphasize enough how, ever since I was a kid, my goal was to be a public school teacher. And that opportunity seemed to be taken away from me.”

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series outlines the ‘upheaval’ Act 10 has created for school districts

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel launched a series of articles this week examining the impact of Wisconsin Act 10, a five-year-old law that virtually eliminated collective bargaining for educators and most public employees in Wisconsin. The comprehensive series is based on research and interviews with educators throughout the state. The first articles that appeared on Sunday explored what it considered both the pros and cons of the law, but there was considerable sentiment that Act 10 has created a lot of chaos for school districts throughout the state while harming the teaching profession.

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WEAC kicks off new school year with salute to educator-members

With the school year in full-swing now, local associations are all-in with plans for connecting educators with each other for success. Teachers and education support professionals are getting the word out that the union is a family where every educator belongs. WEAC is on-the-job with our members, highlighting their work in and out of school. Read what WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen, a high school English teacher, discovered on her visit to the Port Washington-Saukville School District in WEAC Region 3, where members are inspiring their students and sharing what’s working in their classrooms

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