ON-Lion Letter
Earlier this year, Wisconsin passed a law requiring public employees, including public-school teachers and administrators, to contribute 5.8% of their salaries towards their pensions and to pay for at least 12.6% of their health-insurance premiums.  The law also gives local school boards the power to make executive decisions to further offset reduced state funding.

In September, The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy released a study of the steps that the state's school districts have taken in the face of budget reductions and the savings that have been produced as a result.

"As of September 1, 2011, 108 Wisconsin districts have reported approving contracts with educational staff that incorporate the measures of the 2011-2013 budget.  Seventy-four districts have reported the estimated savings from these policy changes," according to MacIver's report.

"In districts that include over 319,000 of the state's public school students there have been savings of over $162 million dollars.  That comes out to $507.92 per student.  If this estimate were applied to all 881,886 students in the state, this would create a fiscal benefit of nearly $448 million."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the MacIver Institute.
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