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    Well, it looks like Walker's reforms are working better than thought.

    Teachers aren't being laid off and school districts now have surpluses that can be spent more wisely.

    It's a win-win situation.

    The collective-bargaining component of Walkerís plan has yielded especially large financial dividends for school districts. Before the reform, many districtsí annual union contracts required them to buy health insurance from WEA Trust, a nonprofit affiliated with the stateís largest teachersí union. Once the reform limited collective bargaining to wage negotiations, districts could eliminate that requirement from their contracts and start bidding for health care on the open market. When the Appleton School District put its health-insurance contract up for bid, for instance, WEA Trust suddenly lowered its rates and promised to match any competitorís price. Appleton will save $3 million during the current school year.

    Appleton isnít alone. According to a report by the MacIver Institute, as of September 1, ďat least 25 school districts in the Badger State had reported switching health care providers/plans or opening insurance bidding to outside companies.Ē The institute calculates that these steps will save the districts $211.45 per student. If the stateís other 250 districts currently served by WEA Trust follow suit, the savings statewide could reach hundreds of millions of dollars.

    At the outset of the public-union standoff, educators had made dire predictions that Walkerís reforms would force schools to fire teachers. In February, to take one example, Madison School District Superintendent Dan Nerad predicted that 289 teachers in his district would be laid off. Walker insisted that his reforms were actually a job-retention program: by accepting small concessions in health and pension benefits, he argued, school districts would be able to spare hundreds of teachersí jobs. The argument proved sound. So far, Neradís district has laid off no teachers at all, a pattern that has held in many of the stateís other large school districts. No teachers were laid off in Beloit and LaCrosse; Eau Claire saw a reduction of two teachers, while Racine and Wausau each laid off one. The Wauwatosa School District, which faced a $6.5 million shortfall, anticipated slashing 100 jobsóyet the new pension and health contributions saved them all.

    The benefits to school districts arenít just fiscal, moreover. Thanks to Walkerís collective-bargaining reforms, the Brown Deer school district in suburban Milwaukee can implement a performance-pay system for its best teachersóa step that could improve educational outcomes.

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    But, the socialists will pull all the plugs on the recall election and if I were Walker I'd increase my security.

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    The unions will still try to destroy the plan and the Democratic Party will assist them.

    Consider what happened in Washington D.C.

    The predominantly black parents of Washington D.C. were destroyed as were the children when Barack Obama ended their very successful and popular voucher program. Now these kids will slip back into a horrible and failed system and lose the massive success their voucher program was.

    http://educationnext.org/lost-opportunities/





    The reading skills significantly improved each year of the program. This program proved that in poor urban communities vouchers could be wildly successful and the Democrats stomped them out to protect the teachers union and their parties cash flow.

    The program also saved significant budget as the vouchers were below the cost of educating a student in the public program.

    It's not about educating children. It's about driving money into the Big Public Sector Unions and the Democratic Party.
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    You would think the liberals would come into this thread and hail the success of Gov. Walker?
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    ain't free enterprise a beautiful thing
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    The reading skills significantly improved each year of the program. This program proved that in poor urban communities vouchers could be wildly successful and the Democrats stomped them out to protect the teachers union and their parties cash flow.

    The program also saved significant budget as the vouchers were below the cost of educating a student in the public program.

    It's not about educating children. It's about driving money into the Big Public Sector Unions and the Democratic Party.

    This is one of my biggest complaints against the Democratic Party. Their fight against allowing school vouchers. It's all to appease the unions and nothing else. Private schools have proven to be a God sent for many kids that can't seem to be able to make in in public schools for one reason or another and parents should have a choice. Granted private schools isn't for everyone, but it can help millions of kids. One only has to watch this video to know what I mean.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx4pN-aiofw
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    Quote Originally Posted by HB Surfer View Post
    You would think the liberals would come into this thread and hail the success of Gov. Walker?
    Same old story. Progressives shout, spit, and scream in a vitriolic and apoplectic fit of rage, claiming that such-and-such a policy or reform will end up destroying children, poor people and the elderly, but ultimately and invariably their claims turn out to be utter lies and sophistry, based upon nothing more than their insatiable greed and desire for political power. I learned long ago that nothing a "liberal" says can be trusted; they have no compunction about smearing, distorting, and outright lying when it comes to protecting their patronage system. They are traitorous enemies of the republic and must be defeated at every level of government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackdog View Post
    ain't free enterprise a beautiful thing
    Yes Jack, it sure is. It lifts most everyone who cares to be part of it.
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    There's always a downside. Would our liberal friends tell us please, why Walker should still be recalled?
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