ACT scores and NO collective bargaining.

Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows: South Carolina -50th North Carolina -49th Georgia -48th Texas -47th, and Virginia -44th. Wisconsin is ranked #2 in the nation.

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3 Responses to “ACT scores and NO collective bargaining.”

  1. markreimer4 Says:

    please post….1) the teachers are upset that they will have to pay (a small amount) into their pensions (ie: retirement), and they will have to pay into their health coverage.

    2) the teachers are upset because they will lose their collective bargaining rights as union members, except with overtime wage disputes, but those still will not be able to exceed the national standard.

    Multiple sources agree that the teachers are most upset about losing bargaining rights, and that the pension and healthcare has taken a back seat.

    The teachers would lose 8% of what they make now for payment into their own pension and healthcare. Small price to pay if you ask me. I challenge you to find anyone who gets full pension and healthcare at no cost. Any American would jump at that opportunity. I think the teachers realize how ridiculous it is for them to complain about paying into their pension and healthcare. Majority of Americans have it much worse off, which is why they are staying quieter on this issue.

    As for the bargaining rights, they will go down kicking and screaming because they would be losing their ability to strong-arm their way to get what they want. For them, it’s not about democracy, it’s about total control. When a group has had that power for so long, they won’t want to give it up. It’s what allows them posh jobs, greater pay, and in general, a way out of doing what all other Americans do on a daily basis–work hard.

    The republicans are putting the brakes on the unions collective manipulation. Long overdue if you ask me. These teachers will say that they deserve better because they teach the kids. That’s a poor excuse. It doesn’t buy them anything. They have abandoned their obligations and have thrown temper tantrums at the expense of our education. Frankly, they have clearly shown that they should not have the privilege of teaching our children. They have shown their true colors, and it’s disgraceful.

  2. This is an oft-repeated but somewhat skewed statement. Wisconsin is second on composite ACT performance ONLY AMONGST THE 35 STATES IN WHICH MORE THAN 50% OF STUDENTS TAKE THE ACT. This enrichment of Wisconsin’s ACT performance is two edged. The first fact is that the highest performing states in the union are east coast states, universities of which prefer the SAT as college entrance requirement. This effectively removes the highest performers in the nation from the poll because less than 50% of students take the ACT there. The other consideration is that 7-8 states now require the ACT as a graduation requirement, so effectively 100% of those students take the ACT. Even those who are not college bound and have not been prepared for the ACT content. The number of states using this as their No Child Left Behind criteria increases annually. One can imagine that the performance of these states takes a nosedive for the first few years until states learn to effectively prepare the students for the test. So all the lowest performing states are now included in the “states with more than 50% ACT participation.”

    If you look at the ACT website, you will find that last year, Wisconsin performed 17th out of 50 on the ACT composite test when compared to the entire nation.

  3. chasinthenews Says:

    Thank you Melissa for explaining this.

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