While the Wisconsin State Democratic leader predicted disaster, Republican Governor Scott Walker continued with a budget that limited collective bargaining powers for public workers.
How is that working out for the school systems?
For one school district, it seems to be working very well.
The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.
Under the new budget, state school officials released data Friday that shows 410 of Wisconsin’s 424 school districts, — or 96 percent — will get less money. Many school officials, realizing the need for the budget, are supporting the actions of the governor:
On Wednesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker explained how the savings gained through the collective bargaining changes recently passed by the legislature will more than offset cuts in state aids to most school districts.
It is probably too early to tell exactly how this will play out, but one thing is certain. The schools are open and the immediate budget crises has been corrected.
I do not expect this to be a headline that is carried by the mainstream media.