Skip to comments.Extra Credit: Anti-teacher flier stirs tempest in Janesville
Posted on 05/28/2012 12:07:06 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
Janesville teachers and their supporters expressed outrage this week after an anonymous group distributed fliers listing their salaries and urging parents to request their child be assigned to a "non-radical teacher" next year.
The fliers, which included the names, titles and salaries of the 321 highest-paid Janesville teachers, also urged readers to go to iverifytherecall.com to determine if the teachers signed the petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
Orville Seymer, an open records specialist with the conservative Milwaukee-based activist organization Citizens for Responsible Government, said the group responsible for the flier has asked to remain anonymous "for obvious reasons."
On behalf of the anonymous group, Citizens for Responsible Government filed an open records request with the Janesville School District seeking teacher names, salaries and titles. Seymer provided the information to the anonymous group, but was not involved in drafting or distributing the fliers, he said. No other requests of a similar nature have been filed with other districts, Seymer added.
The flier angered teachers, who were already targeted by a flier earlier this year accusing them of having a "Marxist, globalist agenda," said Ted Lewis, regional union representative for Rock County teachers.
"It's trying to intimidate them and make them feel guilty for earning salaries," Lewis said. "They're creating this witch hunt for people who engaged in their civic duty."
Lewis said it was "ironic" that whoever distributed the fliers "very publicly posts the names of individuals and their salaries and yet he or she won't even divulge their identity."
Chris Kliesmet, executive administrator of Citizens for Responsible Government, said his organization isn't responsible for the content of the flier, but said it has raised the question about what's being taught in public schools.
"The question in the back of a lot of people's minds is, 'Are my children being indoctrinated?'" he said.
Lewis said feedback he's heard from the public indicates that people find the vilification of teachers "outrageous" and appreciate what public school teachers do.
"Everybody I've spoken to say teachers don't deserve this," Lewis said. "This is an attack against teachers, against public education."
The Janesville Gazette reported Tuesday that the flier was not distributed in newspapers, but instead was placed in newspaper boxes at private residences without the paper's permission. Janesville Police Deputy Chief Dan Davis said Tuesday distributing fliers in newspaper boxes is not against the law.
Isn’t this similar to what was done in California to those who voted against that gay bill? It’s not as exciting when it is used against the Left to expose their agenda.
Considering government-run public education is a checklist item on the Communist Manifesto, I think this group is doing the right thing.
Wisconsin: Janesville teachers in a fury because FOIA reveals their salaries and flier makes info public.
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
Someone like the left is trying to cause trouble for Walker. They probably did this themselves.
You’re wrong. They’d practiced chanting in class, but it isn’t the same. On the field trip they were able to do actual chanting.
So the more militant of the teacher union types are getting a little taste of their own tactics turned against themselves.
Can’t think of a better example of karma giving the deserving a visit.
Paint them as sly greedy self-absorbed opportunists, and they have just about lost all their “moral” high ground, which is what they have been running on up to now.
That is seriously funny. Libtards are always good for a laugh.
OK, maybe the cost of living is a lot lower in WI, but I don’t see any outrageous salaries on the list.
Yeah! It's kinda like when roaches scatter as you turn on the lights in the kitchen.
In Georgia, everyone has access to state employee salaries as well as for school and University System Employees.
About time we fought them without one hand tied behind our backs.
There are 321+ teachers in Janesville for a population of 62000? Must be good to be a teacher in Janesville.
I’ll point this out...the folks in the $75k range...likely all have masters degrees. The way this typically works...the minute you achieve your masters degree...you end up with a $6k payraise. After that, as each year goes by and you get another two to three percent raise....your pay broadens out, reaching the $75k range. Are you really doing anything special with the degree? No. It’d be different if you were an instructor at a community college, but you are still teaching at the high school level.
My, my, my! What goes around, comes around, doesn’t it?
Drip! Drip! Drip!
I would say not. Taxpayers have a right to a complete and full accounting of how every penny is spent from the public treasury.
*SNAP* a bunch of those names are on that website. That’s gonna make for some uncomfortable moments I think
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