APPLETON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) More Wisconsin teachers are less hesitant to find better deals and move on, since the Act-10 collective bargaining limits took effect almost three years ago.
The Appleton Post-Crescent said 145 teachers and administrators resigned from public schools in the Fox Valley in the last school year. That's 41-percent more than previous year, and almost double from 2011 just before the controversial Republican bargaining clampdown took effect.
Retired Neenah high school counselor David Sebora said staffers used to stay put until age-55 so they could get great retirement packages. That's no longer the case, and he wonders how an increased turnover will affect schools and their students. Menasha Superintendent Chris Vander Heyden said some teachers are doing what talented private sector workers have done for years -- finding better offers elsewhere, then going back and asking their present employers to match them. With more teachers coming-and-going, Frederick Yeo of U-W Oshkosh says it's harder for schools to adopt new educational practices. That's because principals won't know what their teaching staffs will look like from year-to-year.
The Post-Crescent says many school districts have still not created new compensation policies in the wake of Act-10, which remains under a legal challenge in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.