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  •  You're missing the REAL threat here . . . (9+ / 0-)

    This tactic may or may not harm teachers' income, depending on your personal assumptions of the cluelessness of local school boards and kneejerk bigots. And in a way, in the short term (the next year or two), over the wider group of Wisconsin teachers, it's irrelevant.

    Assume that local boards DO maintain income levels, at least mostly, using non-negotiated funding to do it. The terror comes when they realize that anywhere down the line

    THEY CAN LOSE IT ! ! !

    And how do you suppose such takings would happen? In fairness, under contract? And what if, like Walker, whatever local authority there is decides that the whole silly business of public service is just too expensive and declare themselves relieved of that petty little responsibility?

    Having escaped the notion of honor and honesty, what's to stop inventing new interpretations of every promise?

    This is even worse than it looks.

    The furnace of Affliction produces Refinement, in States as well as Individuals. John Adams, 1776.

    by semiAdult on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:39:27 PM PDT

    •  The Recall is vital to the future of teaching (10+ / 0-)

      I do agree that EVERYTHING in the future can no be just taken away on a whim...  The collective bargaing law was a huge blow... but an even bigger blow (that most in the state seem to not realize) is just how much power our governor now has to override and rewrite rules by state agencies (DPI, DNR, WERC, etc.).   Talk about playing God....

      I did want to clear up the specifics of what was mentioned in the diary though.  I originally interpreted things the same way the author did when the decision was announced.  It took a lot of digging to at least put my mind temporarily more at ease... for next year.

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