Scott Walker’s bogus `mission accomplished’ moment – Greg Sargent, Washington Post
“What’s more, the use of this one district to declare Walker’s policies a success is almost comical in its cherry-picking. There are 424 school districts in Wisconsin, and as the AP recently noted, Walker’s policies mean draconian budget cuts to 410 of them, with labor officials and school districts predicting increased class sizes and layoffs.”
Kaukauna’s literally unbelievable budget miracle –
“And for all the talk about “Kaukauna class sizes going down,” even Kaukauna School Board President Todd Arnoldussen admits it’s projected class sizes being reduced, and those are reductions from huge INCREASES THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY PROJECTED. In other words, little to no change will result from what students would have seen this year. Class sizes DID NOT GO DOWN, as much as the deceptive press releases may indicate.”
Balanced Budgets and Free Lunches in Kaukauna
“Well, one point that hasn’t received much attention is that the changes to teachers’ compensation that the Budget Repair Bill mandates are essentially one-time fixes.
School districts will have to repeat their cost-slashing exercises next year and every subsequent year until the state’s school funding formula is overhauled. It is quite unlikely that we’ll be able balance our budgets on the backs of our teachers more than once. So this isn’t anything close to a permanent solution to school districts’ annual budgeting challenges.”