February 29, 2012

Kenosha School Board's "Transformation Education plan" -- Smoke 'N Mirrors hiding the Truth

Let's travel back in time a little over a year....  Kenosha Unified Schools rushed to approve a new teacher contract with their public teachers union, they purposely chose to not wait to see what Act 10 could do for them in having tools to become fiscally responsible.  Kenosha School Board members knowing that the Walker administration would be making changes to the rules concerning pension contributions, health care contributions and collective bargaining privileges (NOT RIGHTS) plunged headlong into the deep end of the pool to eagerly placate the teachers union by keeping their overly generous pay and benefits programs in place for an additional couple more years.  They did not care to calculate the long range impact to their budget.  They figured they could later be able to blame cuts to their system on the "Evil Governor Walker".  They didn't care one bit about the 200+ people they had to layoff last year.

Now back to Feb . 28, 2012 --- Kenosha School Board proposes a new "Transformational Education" plan.  Under the sham of providing a new improved education for the Kenosha students, they are once again using Smoke 'N Mirrors to try to avoid the truth.  They now have a huge shortfall in $'s for education, so they had to make cuts in people -- around 300+!!  Cuts they will try to blame on Walker, even though the cuts are 100% of their own doing because they are in bed with the Unionistas in Kenosha.  So much for the Kenosha School Board caring about employment in their town.

Any school district in our state that waited for Act 10, or as part of new contract negotiations got the same concessions from their teacher union as are part of Act 10, are in pretty good shape and most did not have to make huge people cuts at the expense of the quality of education for their students.  In fact many made NO LAYOFFS at all by using the benefits of the ACT 10 legislation.  News flash for Kenosha School Board --  ACT 10 IS WORKING - too bad you choose to not take part in it.  You have made you bed, now live with it.  Too bad for the students of Kenosha, you are pawns stuck in the middle of a power struggle between the Insane Unionistas and those who understand that sensible fiscal responsibility is best for the entire state and education.

The voters of Kenosha should be outraged by the actions of their elected school board and it would be wise to make certain they have a change in leadership as soon as they can elect different people to the school board.

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