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New Berlin could lose a third of teachers (WI)
JS ONLINE ^ | 6-26-12 | Erin Richards

Posted on 06/26/2012 5:25:41 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

New Berlin - Jill Werner thought she'd retire in the School District of New Berlin.

A 15-year-employee of the district, she started as a math teacher and then became a guidance counselor at New Berlin West Middle/High School. Colleagues and parents commend the way she connects with students as a counselor and coach, and Werner said she loves West's students, staff and families.

But when Waukesha North High School came calling earlier this year, Werner, 42, accepted.

The counseling position at North comes with less salary and benefits, she said. But it's a ticket out of a district she and an unprecedented number of departing New Berlin staff members say has stifled workers in the wake of Act 10, the legislation passed in 2011 that rolled back collective bargaining and gave school boards and district administration much more authority over wages, work rules and benefits for employees.

New Berlin has become ground zero for testing the delicate balance between the pursuit of savings and workplace satisfaction in schools. Freed from the restrictions of union contracts in this largely Republican, fiscally conservative community, New Berlin's administration and School Board members say they've implemented changes that are good for the district and the 4,700 students enrolled here.

They've gotten control of salaries, bringing them closer to the state average; raised the minimum starting wage by $5,000, because board members believed there was too much compensation on the high end and not enough at the entry level; and in general taken back a district that many considered to be in the pocket of the teachers union.

But whereas other districts are reporting normal turnover, 50 of New Berlin's 314 teachers have resigned or retired so far this year, according to the administration.

(Excerpt) Read more at jsonline.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: act10; newberlin; teachers; walker
This article is misleading. If you did into the facts, as presented, you find that this exodus has little to do with the recall, or Gov. Walker, and a lot to do with teacher dissatisfaction with their Superintendant. Of course the liberal Journal Sentinel wants to present this as some kind of bad reaction to Act 10. Some of these teachers are taking lower pay to transfer to other districts.
1 posted on 06/26/2012 5:25:53 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsin education ping

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.

BTW, did=dig in my comment after the article.


2 posted on 06/26/2012 5:28:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Secondary Headline: Quality of Education Increases.


3 posted on 06/26/2012 5:34:27 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Yes, those poor “educrats” are hurting.


4 posted on 06/26/2012 5:40:38 AM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: izzatzo

Now that our governor has been elected for the second time, I predict a mass exodus of teachers that are eligible to retire. Which is a good thing.


5 posted on 06/26/2012 5:50:19 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: afraidfortherepublic

One of the biggest problems with unions is that they get the idea that they run the company. When you attempt to disabuse them of this notion they get angry and pout.


6 posted on 06/26/2012 5:55:50 AM PDT by technically right
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The counseling position at North comes with less salary and benefits,.....


Which was what exactly? Honestly, a HS guidance counselor is NOT a hard job. $50K is the top end of what I’d expect one to get. I’d like a few more facts before I start feeling sorry for this woman (or the rest of these teachers in general).


7 posted on 06/26/2012 5:58:44 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The counseling position at North comes with less salary and benefits, she said. But it's a ticket out of a district she and an unprecedented number of departing New Berlin staff members say has stifled workers in the wake of Act 10

So, this district is stifling her "talents" so she's moving to a district that pays less and has fewer benefits .... sounds like the average IQ is going to go up in both places

8 posted on 06/26/2012 6:07:23 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: rbg81

Knowing the pay scale in her new district, I would say she’ll be getting upwards of $70k.

I looked up the specific person in the story in a searchable database of teacher salaries and in 2009/10, she was making over $70k plus $25k in benefits in New Berlin. I looked up a different guidance counselor at her new school and found a salary of $77k and benefits of $20k in 2009/10, so I would suspect the move is lateral at worst. Now, you do have to figure in 5.5% pension contribution and about 2k in yearly health insurance payments now, but that is consistent between districts.


9 posted on 06/26/2012 6:12:24 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: afraidfortherepublic
They've gotten control of salaries, bringing them closer to the state average; raised the minimum starting wage by $5,000, because board members believed there was too much compensation on the high end and not enough at the entry level;

This is an important step. The low starting salaries discourage good people from entering the field, and the high retiring salaries are not justified.

I would also change requirements so that teaching a subject for two years at the college level automatically qualifies the person to teach the same subject in high school, without need of any degree in "education".

10 posted on 06/26/2012 6:14:23 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

When you put a smoker in the hole, the vermin leave the garden. When the vermin leave the garden, the vegetables grow better. The teachers that remain are the ones that actually want to teach. I admire them for considering their chosen profession a service rather than a job. Those that exodus looking for cushier positions elsewhere were only holding them back. Watch and I bet we'll see a hardier group of children coming out of New Berlin.


11 posted on 06/26/2012 6:15:53 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: PapaBear3625

Cry me a river. Many “educators” are poseur bums, taking advantage of naive taxpayers and not educating students. So quit...move...crawl into a hole. Who cares? Seeing all these stories about the “underpaid” so-called educators makes me vomit.


12 posted on 06/26/2012 6:18:15 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The lying and/or idiot reporter nullifies the whole story premise about five paragraphs down:

“New Berlin’s departing staff members cite concerns that are difficult to quantify; most have little to do with paying more for retirement or benefits. Based on interviews with more than a dozen employees, the resentment appears to stem from feelings that their input doesn’t matter, that the administration doesn’t communicate well with them, that they aren’t supported or appreciated by people in the district...”

See ya!


13 posted on 06/26/2012 6:25:14 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The district appears to be “winnowing the chaff”...but looking for new talent at the same time...” raised the minimum starting wage by $5,000”.

Smart.


14 posted on 06/26/2012 6:37:22 AM PDT by moovova (Muslims will never know the pleasure of eating BBQ babyback ribs...too bad.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

50 of 314 teachers leaving may not be too different than the normal turnover rate. Lots of younger teachers leave after two years or so. I woud take this with a grain of salt.

It may also be due the better economic conditions around them due to the changes which Walker has instituted.


15 posted on 06/26/2012 6:37:51 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: afraidfortherepublic
WOuldn't a more truthful title from the paper have been; "Bottom Third OF Teachers Are Leaving New Berlin School"?
16 posted on 06/26/2012 6:42:40 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: hal ogen
The problem is not that the teachers are "underpaid". By private-sector standards the older ones are making more (per actual hour worked) than people with the same SAT scores in the private sector.

The problem is all the hoops that people have to jump through before they get to be paid the good money. Reduce the number of hoops, and you will get better teachers. Another important thing is to make it easier to FIRE bad teachers, and to make the school superintendent's job be on the line if he doesn't hire good teachers and fire bad ones (to prevent him from firing the ones whose only fault is they won't kiss his butt).

17 posted on 06/26/2012 7:00:54 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is good for the kids- there are plenty of new fresh unjaded well educated and trained college grads loooking for teaching positions!


18 posted on 06/26/2012 7:02:35 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They will be easily replaced. Teachers are a dime a dozen.

The school district could take the opportunity to modernize the school from the ground up and release students from the mind numbing, zooy insane asylum designed to serve union members; socialist kooks and haters.


19 posted on 06/26/2012 7:41:30 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: afraidfortherepublic
50 of New Berlin's 314 teachers have resigned or retired so far this year, according to the administration.


20 posted on 06/26/2012 7:44:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: hal ogen

I won’t even try to say it better than you did.
Full agreement here.

I can’t wait to vote Gov. Walker in for a second term.

That will make the Moonbats even more miserable!

Cheers


21 posted on 06/26/2012 8:43:02 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty (My Governor's a JEDI, Wisconsin for the WIN ! June 5, 2012)
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To: moovova
...looking for new talent at the same time...” raised the minimum starting wage by $5,000”.

Higher starting wage means more applicants and a larger pool from which to pick talented rookies.

22 posted on 06/26/2012 9:04:49 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of LibertyI'm st! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: tx_eggman
The counseling position at North comes with less salary and benefits, she said. But it's a ticket out of a district she and an unprecedented number of departing New Berlin staff members say has stifled workers in the wake of Act 10............ So, this district is stifling her "talents" so she's moving to a district that pays less and has fewer benefits .... sounds like the average IQ is going to go up in both places

If this teacher felt "stifled" by Act 10 changes, I can pretty much guarantee the grass won't be any greener at North.

23 posted on 06/26/2012 9:32:41 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Reince Preibus. The Cheesehead Revolution to save America.)
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