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Wisconsin "Budget Repair Bill" protests

Wisconsin "Budget Repair Bill" protests

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I wanted to create a thread for us to share links and resources on the Wisconsin budget situation and protests. Anyone have any others? Please share.

Paul Krugman, New York Times "Wisconsin Power Play" http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/opinion/21krugman.html

Wisconsin Protests of Budget Bill (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NmJbo8eHiM

Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protest (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8-WzgSDvZQ&feature=player_embedded

There is a vigil in Sacramento tonight in solidarity with the Wisconsin workers as well.

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Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
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I know we must consider the source (dailykos, a political blog) but this is one seriously cynical view of the entire debacle and places the billionaire Koch brothers at the heart of it. The WI Budget Repair Bill, according to this article, has a clause in it that will enable Koch industries to buy Wisconsin's state-owned power cheaply.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/21/947947/-The-Koch-Brothers-End-G...

So, the theory goes, Walker will relent on the unions but pressure the democrats to pass the rest of the bill, including this obscure power ownership clause referenced in the link above.

This NYTimes article confirms the link of Koch bros to Gov Walker, but doesn't mention the power play (so to speak...)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/us/22koch.html

Rebecca Alber's picture
Rebecca Alber
Edutopia Consulting Online Editor
Blogger 2014

I try and avoid this discussion, but cutting benefits/pensions of teachers is unacceptable. Year and year, when I was still in the classroom, the educators in my district would not receive cost of living pay increases (due to budget), but what kept us going and accepting this situation? We had decent benefits and pensions to rely on (part of our compensation package, in lieu of cost-of-living salaries mind you). Frankly, it's the carrot that keeps so many exceptional professionals in public education. Without it, they would flee more often to the private sector.

On a political and historical point: a solid middle class in this country is reliant on the existence and maintenance of unions. Those go away, then we will be heading more and more towards extremes -- the very poor and the very rich.

On the climate in public education today: Diane Ravitch says it best, "One must wonder how it is possible to talk of improving schools while cutting funding, demoralizing teachers, cutting scholarships to college, and increasing class sizes." And overall, this describes what is currently in play in Wisconsin.

My two cents,
Rebecca

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
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Wis. State Senate Passes Anti-Union Bill, In End-Run Around Dem Boycott

Capping a dramatic turn of events, the Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday night passed a new, stripped-down "budget repair bill" -- which now excludes all the fiscal elements of the original budget repair bill, and simply includes the original's provisions to roll back the collective bargaining and organizational rights of Wisconsin's public employee unions.

More at:
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/wis-state-senate-passes-anti-...

Katherine Judd's picture
Katherine Judd
College writing and communications teacher

There is currently a bill in state legislature that eliminates all collective bargaining rights for teachers, though it does make provision for bargaining for benefits and working conditions. Diane had it absolutely right in her quote below! You cannot reform education by eliminating education! As one representative in TN said, "This bill will ensure that fewer college students will want want to become teachers." What happens when there are NO teachers? All the reform in the world will be worthless!

On the climate in public education today: Diane Ravitch says it best, "One must wonder how it is possible to talk of improving schools while cutting funding, demoralizing teachers, cutting scholarships to college, and increasing class sizes."

Rebecca Alber's picture
Rebecca Alber
Edutopia Consulting Online Editor
Blogger 2014

I'm glad the quote from Diane Ravitch resonated with you. My hope is that all these very cynical and political attacks on collective bargaining will backfire and the people will band together and strengthen both teacher and other unions, making them that much stronger and protecting the middle class in this country.

Best,
Rebecca

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