The recent Press-Gazette series on public employees' salaries requires perspective. An online search reveals that Wisconsin teachers' salaries rank 24th among the 50 states; squarely in the middle. However, Wisconsin ranks second nationally in SAT scores and third in ACT scores. While it's difficult to compare individual school systems within the state, we know that Green Bay Preble High School ranked fifth in the state last year and the recent successful passing of our school referendum suggests a community that is pleased with the educational efforts of Green Bay educators. It seems reasonable to me that Green Bay should be able to ride on the shirttails of our state academic rankings. Wisconsin educators, including those of us in Green Bay, give a lot of educational bang for dollars spent.
Congress, with their single-digit approval ratings, provides more perspective. Their benefits were not recently unfunded as were the negotiated benefits of Wisconsin teachers recently and their lack of bipartisan performance is legendary. Perhaps we should use part of their undeserved salaries to create a statewide teacher merit pay plan to reward teachers for their demonstrated competence. Supporters of merit pay for teachers should love this.