Report proves Walker’s Act 10 draconian education cuts are leading to massive teacher layoffs

A release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction skewers the absolute fabrications of “success” that Scott Walker has been making in friendly domains like Fox News and CNBC and out-of-state fundraisers where he has been escaping the state he supposed to be governing.

Some of the highlights from the report include:

The state’s annual school staff report shows that school districts cut 2,312 positions for the 2011-12 school year, a 50 percent increase in staff losses from the previous school year.
The larger than usual cuts to school staff for the 2011-12 school year support projections from the Department of Workforce Development last fall. The majority of staff cuts, more than 60 percent, were among teachers.

  • Statewide, 311 of 424 school districts, or 73 percent of districts, reported cutting teachers this year.
  • Overall, public schools in Wisconsin are employing 1,446 fewer teachers this year than they did in the 2010-11 school year. This represents a 2.4 percent loss in full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff at a time when student enrollment is stable.
  • The largest cuts statewide were to school librarians and career and technical education, special education, and reading teachers. For the current school year, there are 414 fewer elementary teachers in public schools, which is a staffing cut of about 2 percent statewide.

It should be no surprise that when you cut $2.6 billion from the public school budget, as Walker has done, that you would gut many needed programs and push Wisconsin public schools to the brink of fiscal disaster. As a matter of fact, it was predicted.

Scott Walker featured an ad (funded by the Koch Brothers) with Jeff Knutson, a fourth grade teacher in the Monona Grove school district, who claimed:

“When the state budget passed in Madison, a lot of us thought we might lose our jobs. We figured if we didn’t get laid off, our class sizes would become unmanageable. But that, didn’t happen.”

Well, it did indeed happen. Monona Grove superintendent Craig Gerlach, who is Knutson’s boss, called the ad and what Walker has been promoting as “success” a lie.

Walker bragged about how he “dropped the bomb” with Act 10 that started the recall movement. While Walker will be on Fox News saying it’s “working” and get no follow up questions from the RNC prostitutes hired by head pimp Rupert Murdoch, the facts are there.

Maybe Walker is being honest when he says “it’s working”. It is indeed working for the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the rest of the plutocratic Romney Class. It’s the people’s choice to try to stop it with Walker’s recall.