Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

The MacIver Institute has the results of the re-certification elections for school district unions in Wisconsin. According to the MacIver Institute, “Workers rejected over 70 of 408 school district unions during annual recertification elections that ended on Thursday, according to a preliminary analysis of the results.” Nineteen teachers unions de-certified, including New Berlin, Menomonee Falls, Pewaukee, Berlin, […]

Cross-posted from The MacIver Institute: Waukesha Emphasizes Recruitment, Retention of New Teachers with Help from Act 10 July 25, 2013 by James Wigderson Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute They may be tardy, but they have a note. The Waukesha School District has finally settled the teacher salary plan for the 2011-2012 school year. […]

Summertime quick-hitters Mayor’s race heating up; teacher’s rhetoric goes cold Waukesha Freeman Opinion Page A6, 7/25/2013   Some quick hits before your summer vacations start. Don’t forget to pack the bug spray. * * * Mayor Jeff Scrima, should he choose to run for re-election, has another solid opponent. Alderman Terry Thieme is smart and […]

State Representative Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood) is facing scrutiny again for her campaign activities. This time the MacIver Institute is reporting Pasch used her state email to organize a closed-door meeting with the teachers union (MTEA) in Milwaukee and Wisconsin Democrats, including Democratic State Senator Chris Larson. Making matters worse, she may have violated the gift […]

Even if the two sides come to an agreement, Chicago Public Schools’ financial situation means that the contract negotiated today may only contribute to the disaster tomorrow: Print this entry

A teacher in Kenosha wonders who will represent the teachers the district is laying off: So, who should I be angry with? I know that as a teacher, my union — WEAC — tells me I am supposed to blame Scott Walker, but I feel I must take a closer look at how my district […]

Owen Robinson notes the departure of a local union boss in his area, I’m hearing that the president of our local teachers union, Jason Penterman, is not running for president again. That’s a shame. I’ll miss his disjointed rants and threats of legal action. Print this entry

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this afternoon that 52.4% of Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association members would rather see Milwaukee Public Schools lay off 198 of their colleagues than re-open negotiations over their benefits. Normally the J/S Online comments aren’t worth reading, but the first comment raises a great point, “I’d love to see a break […]

Jay Bullock, MPS teacher and blogger at “folkbum,” 2. This one’s a question: Do all the contracts signed in the last 90 days become presumptively void, or do we have to wait for some asshat to file suit in each case? It seems to me that any old asshat will do, as every taxpayer in […]

From my latest perspective piece for the MacIver Institute: Andrew Harris, a former seventh-grade science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District, was investigated and found to have 23 emails in just over one year containing pornographic images, videos and inappropriate jokes. The school board fired him in May 2010, […]