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Appleton Schools Use Act 10, Change Health Insurance Plans to Save

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted October 9, 2015 1:26 PM
Appleton Schools Use Act 10, Change Health Insurance Plans to Save

Post-Crescent Media has reported that the Appleton Area School District has officially announced a switch from United HealthCare to Networkwill, following the Board of Education's vote of approval. Read More »

From the Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life: Holmen School Board eyes insurance recommendations

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted October 25, 2013 1:22 PM
From the Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life: Holmen School Board eyes insurance recommendations

With the help of Holmen's recently formed 12-person Health Insurance Review Committee, healthier employees and fewer claims mean reduced premium costs for everyone. District employees now pay 20 percent or more of the premium costs, allowing for more breathing room in the district's overall budget. But the higher individual and family insurance plan costs for employees have lead to new wellness initiatives to help drive premium costs down. Read More »

Oshkosh Teachers Union Seizes Bargaining Opportunity After Court Ruling

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted October 23, 2013 11:14 AM
Oshkosh Teachers Union Seizes Bargaining Opportunity After Court Ruling

The Oshkosh teachers' union is taking a decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas to mean that they can once again collectively bargain for salary increases in the school district. The union believes they have "a window" to negotiate in, but the school board disagrees. Read More »

From the Wausau Daily Herald - Wausau District to Change How Teachers are Paid

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted August 27, 2013 8:42 AM
From the Wausau Daily Herald - Wausau District to Change How Teachers are Paid

The Wausau School District is looking to make changes to the pay structure for teachers. They have formed a committee of teachers, administrators, and school board members to find a better, more effective way to pay teachers. Thanks to the reforms that Act 10 put in place, the school district is able to switch the pay structure to a performance based one and not solely on seniority. The district hopes to have the new pay plan in place by the 2014-2015 school year. Read More »

From the Wausau Daily Herald - Wausau School Board approves workplace rules for teachers

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted August 21, 2013 1:49 PM
From the Wausau Daily Herald - Wausau School Board approves workplace rules for teachers

The Wausau School District recently approved new workplace rules for teachers that will allow the district to lay off teachers based on educational needs rather than basing personnel decisions on seniority. This is the district's first contract renewal since Act 10 and the reforms passed by Governor Walker allowed changes to be made that will keep the best teachers in the classroom, not just the most senior educators. Read More »

Waukesha Emphasizes Recruitment, Retention of New Teachers with Help from Act 10

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted July 25, 2013 10:37 AM
Waukesha Emphasizes Recruitment, Retention of New Teachers with Help from Act 10

They may be tardy, but they have a note. The Waukesha School District has finally settled the teacher salary plan for the 2011-2012 school year. The salary plan is not without controversy because of the way raises are to be handled out. The salary plan favors more recently hired teachers over those with more seniority. Read More »

From the Stevens Point Journal: District saves nearly $1.5 million on health insurance through new partnership

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted July 19, 2013 1:46 PM
From the Stevens Point Journal: District saves nearly $1.5 million on health insurance through new partnership

The Stevens Point Area Public School District will save almost $1.5 million in 2013-14 thanks to provisions in Act 10 that allow school districts to negotiate health care plans. Read More »

Milwaukee Public Schools Saved by Act 10, For Now

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted July 18, 2013 12:03 AM
Milwaukee Public Schools Saved by Act 10, For Now

MacIver News Service - Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) are breathing a sigh of relief after Act 10 provisions were put in place this past year and will save over half a billion dollars through fiscal year (FY) 2020 according to an in-depth report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute that was released on Thursday. Read More »

Eau Claire Schools to Save up to $2.32 Million by Switching Healthcare Provider

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted June 14, 2013 11:07 AM
Eau Claire Schools to Save up to $2.32 Million by Switching Healthcare Provider

Eau Claire schools will save $1.75 million to $2.32 million after the school board unanimously voted to switch health care providers in April. Read More »

Act 10 Will Save Milwaukee Public Schools $101 Million in 2020

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted June 7, 2013 10:41 AM
Act 10 Will Save Milwaukee Public Schools $101 Million in 2020

MacIver News Service - Milwaukee Public Schools would have spent an additional $105 million in fiscal year 2020 due to rising retirement costs, but the district will save $101 million of that sum thanks to Act 10, according to a new study. The report published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, The Big Squeeze: Retirement Costs and School District Budgets, takes an in depth look at the increasing costs for district's retirees, including MPS. Read More »

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