Wisconsin public school districts lost more than 2,300 position in the current school, according to this morning's Wisconsin Stat Journal. Almost 3/4ths of school districts reduced staff -- and about half reported growing student enrollment.
In my district -- Madison Metropolitan -- staff was increased to accommodate a new 4-year-old kindergarten program. That didn't stop the student-teacher ratio increased from 14.33 to 14.66, the highest level in 9 years.
Gov. Scott Walker maintains that the staff cuts are reflect "flexibility" granted by the removal of collective bargaining rights.
The rest of us call them what they are: staff cuts and reduced services to children.