Study: Cuts to teachers' benefits offset some school aid losses - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Study: Cuts to teachers' benefits offset some school aid losses

Posted:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new study shows controversial cuts to teachers' benefits in Wisconsin last year offset about two-thirds of the losses in state aid to school districts.

The report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance released Monday shows school districts across Wisconsin collectively cut spending on health and pension benefits by about $287 million in the 2011-2012 academic year. That includes benefit cuts from a larger number of retirements and layoffs.

The alliance found the benefit cuts offset about 64 percent of the $451 million decrease in revenue for school districts imposed by Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers to balance the budget last year.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the report analyzed budget data from more than 420 Wisconsin school districts collected by the state Department of Public Instruction.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact Director of Station Operations Lisa Patrow at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.