Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wisconsin's new collective bargaining law takes effect - boy does it!

Remember all those cries about how if Scott Walker's proposed collective bargaining law went into effect it would devastate Wisconsin schools? Well, never mind. The results are in for one school district.
s changes to collective bargaining powers for public workers take effect today, the Kaukauna Area School District is poised to swing from a projected $400,000 budget shortfall next year to a $1.5 million surplus due to health care and retirement savings.

The Kaukauna School Board approved changes Monday to its employee handbook that require staff to cover 12.6 percent of their health insurance and to contribute 5.8 percent of their wages to the state’s pension system, in accordance with the new collective bargaining law, commonly known as Act 10.

“These impacts will allow the district to hire additional teachers (and) reduce projected class sizes,” School Board President Todd Arnoldussen wrote in a statement Monday. “In addition, time will be available for staff to identify and support students needing individual assistance through individual and small group experiences.”

The district anticipates that elementary class size projections for next year will shrink from 26 students to 23 students. Class sizes for River View Middle School are expected to fall from 28 students to 26 students.

Kaukauna High School classes could be reduced from 31 students t 25 students.

The new rules and updated operating budget also institute $300,000 in merit pay for staff next year, to be awarded at the school board’s discretion.
Ohhh! Those evil Republicans. Forcing public employees to contribute to their own pensions and health care costs just like private employees do doesn't seem so devastating does it?

(h/t Ann Althouse)