Mary Lazich Cherry Picks Data from Dismal DPI Report to Misinform Senate District 28 | WisCommunity

Mary Lazich Cherry Picks Data from Dismal DPI Report to Misinform Senate District 28

#000000;">This past week Senator Mary Lazich(R-ALEC) mailed a Spring Capital Report to the residents of Senate District 28.  The density of the misinformation in the report may have been record breaking.  By picking and choosing bits and pieces of postitive statistics for several school districts within Senate District 28, she deliberatly misled the folks she was elected to represent. 

#000000;"> Mary, It's not working!  And you and Governor Walker should have the decency to make the recent DPI Report available in a press conference that includes an apology to the people of Wisconsin. 

#000000;">Highlights from DPI News Release are provided here to give the citizens of Wisconsin the true picture of the impact of the Walker/Lazich madness 

#000000;">DPI news Release, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

#000000;">Contact: Patrick Gasper, DPI Communications Officer, (608) 266-3559

#000000;">Official report shows cuts to school staff for 2011-12 school year

#000000;">MADISON — The state’s annual school staff report shows that school districts cut 2,312 positions for the 2011-12 school year.

#000000;">The majority of staff cuts, more than 60 percent, were among teachers.

#000000;">• Statewide, 311 of 424 school districts, or #000000;">73 percent of districts, reported cutting teachers this year#000000;">.

#000000;">• Overall, public schools in Wisconsin are employing#000000;"> 1,446 fewer teachers#000000;"> this year than they did in the 2010-11 school year.

#000000;">This represents a 2.4 percent loss in full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff at a time when student enrollment is stable.

#000000;">• The largest cuts statewide were to school librarians and #000000;">career and technical education#000000;">, special education, and reading teachers (APPARENTLY READING TEACHERS ARE NO LONGER NEEDED NOW THAT THE GOVERNOR IS TRAVELING THE STATE READING TO KIDS).

#000000;">For the current school year, there are #000000;">414 fewer elementary teachers#000000;"> in public schools, which is a staffing cut of about 2 percent statewide.

#000000;">“Losses in school staff erode our public education system,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers.

#000000;">“We want our students to graduate college and career ready and must make a bipartisan investment in public education instead of continually forcing cuts on school districts".

#000000;">"I proposed ‘Fair Funding for Our Future’ to reform our broken school finance system in 2010 and will include this needed fix in my education budget request this fall. Wisconsin needs a better path forward for public education.”

#000000;">The 2011-13 state budget made historically high cuts to education funding. General school aids were cut by $749 million and the per pupil revenue limit was reduced by $1.6 billion from prior law.

#000000;">$82.3 million in Federal Education Jobs Act money was available to school districts to buffer school funding cuts. This funding will not be available next year. (THAT'S RIGHT! FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY SAVED WALKERS A**)

#000000;"> For the 2011-12 school year, 315 of 424 school districts, or 74 percent of districts, cut staff. Of the districts that increased staffing, more than half reported increased enrollment.

#000000;">Data from the annual state staff report can be accessed online through the Wisconsin Information Network for Successful Schools (WINSS) website or through the Statistical Information Center School Staff and Salary Data website.*

#000000;">Analysis of data from the PI 1202 Staff Report shows:

#000000;">• Statewide, 315 school districts cut staff from the previous school year and 311 school districts cut teaching positions.

#000000;">• Of the 2,312 staff cuts statewide, reductions by category are 82 administrators, 284 aides, 463 other support staff, 38 pupil services staff, and 1,446 teachers.

#000000;">• The 1,446 lost teaching positions statewide represent a 75 percent increase in the annual loss to teaching staff over the

#000000;">prior year. Wisconsin has 59,384 FTE teachers statewide for the 2011-12 school year.

#000000;">* The data is for staff in their work district and is for the state’s 424 school districts.


April 24, 2012 - 1:14am