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Quality of Wisconsin's Education

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

Is a quality education is something you pay for? That's what teachers in Mosinee want lawmakers to know.

Teachers say that for the past few years, they've been forced to accept the state's Qualified Economic Offer. This limits teacher pay raises to 3.8 percent. As a result, many qualified educators are leaving the profession because they can't afford to pay their bills.

Teachers say the attrition combined with budget cuts and revenue caps are eating away at how much schools can offer kids.

"Throughout the state, you're seeing teachers having to be cut, programs having to be cut," said Paul Nievinski, who has taken part in several demonstrations to draw attention to the situation. "It limits opportunities for kids, and if we eliminate opportunities for kids, the quality of education's going to drop."

Teachers are scheduled to sit down with the school district in mid-March.