By Sahid Fawaz

In 2011, Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker passed the notorious Act 10. Since then, teacher salaries and benefits have not only failed to grow. They have actually declined.

CNN Money reports:

"With the Supreme Court preparing to hear a case that could make paying dues to unions voluntary for public sector employees -- like they already are in right-to-work states -- Wisconsin's experience could soon confront teachers across the country as well.

In the five years since Act 10 was passed, median salaries for teachers in the state have fallen by 2.6% and median benefits declined 18.6%, according to an analysis of state administrative data by the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund.

In addition, 10.5% of public school teachers in Wisconsin left the profession after the 2010-2011 school year, up from 6.4% the year before. The exit rate remains elevated, at 8.8%.

As a consequence, the report found, Wisconsin's educational workforce is less experienced: Teachers had an average of 13.9 years experience under their belt in the 2015-2016 academic year, down from 14.6 years in 2010-2011.

Teachers aren't just moving out of the state or out of the field entirely. A higher percentage of teachers are also moving to other districts: From 2015 to 2016, the percentage who did so jumped from 1.3% to 3.4%, according to the report."

For the rest of the story, check out the full piece at CNN Money here.

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+3 #5 John steiner 2018-02-26 05:28
Notice how worker salries went down but politician pay and benefits still go up every year. Thats where the problem is.
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0 #4 Mike 2018-02-25 06:09
Please don’t embarrass our profession with propaganda. This is not a result of losing a union, as noted above there are unionized states experiencing the same thing. Look at Michigan, this article does a much better job at explaining the root cause. http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/michigans_average_teacher_sala.html
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0 #3 M. E. Kabay, PhD 2018-02-25 02:19
Sorry to see a grossly misleading graph that has the ordinate (vertical axis) crossing the abscissa (horizontal axis) at $20,000 instead of at $0. Using such a graph makes any change look far larger than it really is. This comment in no way minimizes the importance of the evil anti-union laws - I am critizing the graph from my perspective as a professional statistician.
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-4 #2 p richards 2017-11-27 15:55
well, We still have a Union, here in Chicago, there has been a decline in our salaries as well. So what is the problem here?
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+1 #1 Arfan 2017-11-20 01:42
This is a nice post explaining a lot about low teacher salaries. I really appreciate your efforts for promoting such a precious information. Please keep posting. If you have more information about this topic plz share in reply to this comment. Thanks
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