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North Shore Unions Have Cautious Optimism Over Act 10 Strike Down

After Act 10 was ruled unconstitutional by a Dane County judge Friday, union reps for NSFD and local schools are saying they are cautiously optimistic about the ruling, expecting a long road ahead before bargaining rights are restored.

Just hours after Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas decided that the state’s collective bargaining law was unconstitutional, local officials and union representatives across the North Shore reacted in varying ways.

Teachers union and firefighter union representatives are approaching the law's possible repeal cautiously, while local governments say their budget is set and unimpacted by the change.

Colas ruled Act 10 — the budget repair bill — as null and void because the law violates both the state and U.S. constitutions. Specifically, the law violates the guarantee of freedom of speech and citizens' freedom of association.

Local unions cautiously optimistic

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Sarah Worthman September 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Do you think the ruling will be overturned?
Dave Koven September 18, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I hope collective bargaining is restored. If it weren't for the teacher's unions, there would be very little innovation in education. Union protections allows this freedom. Administrators, superintendents, and school boards are too political to risk doing or saying what HAS to be done or said, for fear of losing their jobs. Teachers are on the front line. They know what works and what doesn't. Unfortunately, they are rarely asked to be on the so-called "blue ribbon panels" that are created to improve education. They're treated like incompetents. Can you imagine what it would be like if your child's whole future depended on the results he or she got on one test? That's what they're trying to do to teachers. All that college tuition, four years of your life, or more, studying, and the security of your family depending on how your class does on one test? There are too many variables beyond a teacher's control to decide if a teacher is good or not. This is insanity. No one would want to become a teacher if their security was that tenuous. After 200 years of so-called "educational reforms" by so-called "educational/community leaders" the result is the kinds of schools you see today. Political career graveyards are filled with politicians who got too involved in educational issues. If a "leader" actually did what was needed, they'd never get elected. What is needed is very unpopular. Parents who parent, turn off the TV, emphasize learning, and back the teachers.
Sarah Worthman September 18, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Thanks for the comment, Dave. If you don't want to see teacher's "judged by one test," what do you think should be used as a measurement for evaluations? It's so hard to come up with something that doesn't skew the entire review...
Dave Koven September 18, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Kids aren't widgets, and you can't walk into a classroom knowing just what is going to work with every given kid or group. It is a process of trial and error. What works one year doesn't in the next year. The average teacher has been evaluated and found competent by many people. A college awards a degree attesting to their abilities as a scholar. The state awards them a license to teach which attests to the fact that they have passed their standards evaluation. A school district subjects the teacher to a lengthy series of interviews and they agree that this person is competent and is hired. The teacher then goes through a three year probationary period during which they can be fired for almost any lack of professionalism. They also have to pass a background check to make sure they're not child predators. Enough already! The answer to education's problems lies exactly where no one wants it to be...the public... who doesn't want to pay for the schools, a media that provides violent hypersexualized "entertainments" to children in the name of "freedom of speech", an over concern for contact sports rather than academics, and parents who want to be "buddies" with their kids rather than parents. Schooling is hard work...for everyone. Parents who take their acting out kid's side against the teacher/school don't help either. U-Tube is out of control too. Teacher's reputations are being ruined by computer savvy kids, but they're minors so they get away with it.

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