Teaching Profession

The Wisconsin Effect

By Anthony Rebora — March 11, 2011 1 min read

Daniela Fairchild, a policy analyst for the Fordham Institute, lauds state legislative efforts to limit teachers’ collective bargaining rights, but cautions fellow proponents that the resulting changes to educators’ benefit packages could dramatically reduce teachers’ overall compensation, thus making the profession less attractive.

If we stop at altering fringe benefits, without appropriately reassessing teachers' entire salary scale and structure, we'll relegate teaching to a purgatory with neither compensation that is competitive with the private sector nor the career stability that may attract some.

NYC teacher Miss Eyre responds by saying, in effect, “um, yeah":

Thank God that this author reminded us all of that. It sure hadn't crossed the minds of us stupid working teachers that that just might be a problem.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.