Pace of teacher exodus in Milwaukee area outpaces state, report says

Public school teachers in the Milwaukee area are leaving the profession at a higher rate than the state as a whole, and Wisconsin’s teacher preparation programs are not enrolling enough candidates to fill their shoes in the classroom, according to a new report released Monday by the nonprofit Public Policy Forum.

“Help Wanted: An Analysis of the Teacher Pipeline in Metro Milwaukee” is the last in a three-part series by the forum that has looked at local workforce trends for teachers and principals.

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The Top 5 Faculty Morale Killers

A good midlevel manager can make all the difference in determining whether faculty life is satisfying or unbearable.

For nearly two-thirds of my 30-year career in higher education, I have served as a middle manager of one sort or another: department chair, dean, program director. For the other third, I have been middle-managed.

Of course, even as a low-level administrator, I had plenty of people above me telling me what to do. I also had people below me who, given the chance, gladly told me what to do.

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Unionizing Pays Big Dividend for Professors at Regional Public Universities

Full-time instructors at regional public universities earn an average of about $21,000, or nearly 25 percent, more in pay and benefits annually if they belong to a union, concludes a groundbreaking new study of compensation at such institutions.

The location and size of the employer also makes a big difference. Those in larger suburban public universities, the highest-paying category of institutions studied, earned an average of nearly $17,000, or 20 percent, more in pay and benefits annually than those at midsize rural institutions, the lowest-paying category.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College’s education professionals voted overwhelmingly, once again, to
recertify their union, American Federation of Teachers, Local 212.

98 % of the Full-time faculty, counselors and accountants who voted, voted “Yes” for Local 212 representation.

99.5 % of the Professional staff, full and part-time, who voted, voted “Yes” for Local 212 representation.

98 % of Part-time faculty who voted, voted “Yes” for Local 212 representation.

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