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There are some big changes proposed in Oconomowoc schools that will change the way the entire system operates. From JSOnline:
In a move sure to capture the attention of school districts across the state grappling with how to reallocate resources in a time of reduced funding, the Oconomowoc Area School District administration on Tuesday proposed a profound restructuring of its high school, cutting staff and demanding the remaining educators take on more teaching duties.
The kicker: Those remaining staffers would each get a $14,000 annual stipend. [Note: The average pay would increase from $57,000 to $71,000/yr.]
The plan requires reducing Oconomowoc High School's core teaching force by about 20% - from about 75 to about 60 people - across the departments of math, science, social studies, language arts, foreign language, physical education and art, Oconomowoc Superintendent Pat Neudecker said Tuesday before a school board meeting where the plan's details were released.
These are the kinds of radical visions that are enabled by the reforms of Act 10 and supported by Republicans in Wisconsin. Schools are failing our students and Oconomowoc is taking the challenge head-on by making a more personalized learning track possible.
The old model is not working. I applaud Oconomowoc for trying something new!