To the Telegram:
According to the Daily Caller Wisconsin teachers make a little more money than they’re letting on. Wisconsin public school teachers and the unions that represent them are saying budget cuts proposed by Gov. Scott Walker would be devastating.
Wisconsin’s 2010 Teacher of the Year, Leah Lechleiter-Luke of Mauston High School said the budget changes would force her to look for additional part-time work. In 2011, she made $54,928 in base salary and $32,213 in “fringe benefits,” which include health insurance, life insurance and retirement pay.
Brad Lutes and his wife, Heather Lutes told MSNBC that Walker’s budget would hit them twice as hard. He makes $49,412 in base salary with $27,987 in fringe benefits and his wife makes $50,240 with $9,413 in benefits. That’s $137,052 annually for the two of them.
Jim Nelson a teacher at Hamline High School in Milwaukee who attended the union protests earns $62,877 in base salary with an additional $26,492 in benefits. The list goes on.
The source for this Wisconsin teacher salary and benefits data is a database on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website that references data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Maybe it’s time teachers stop complaining and pay their fair share into their retirement and health care.