Ed Reforms in Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker


Anatomy of a Recall

On June 5, 2012, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will face Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a statewide recall vote.

In this video, Wisconsin-based supporters of school choice discuss specifics of the education reforms signed by Governor Walker.

© 2012 Choice Media


  1. Costs in hostile take-overs of health care ussually result in lower costs to start out, but those costs always rise (Significantly, every year.) later. Also, this does not speak to the quality of the new health-care provided through what is supposed to be competitive bidding. Cheaper health-care, does not necessarilly mean better health-care Besides, schools, and all public workers were already in a larger pool of citizens buying health-care, and costs when compared nationally, are already down. To herald WalKocher’s reforms as successful, this early in the game, is disengenuous, if not an outright dishonest representation. Let’s ask actual teachers, say in six-months, or a year from now, how their health-care is working, and we can also ask if the costs stay as low as the touted expense upon initial sign-up. In an honest, factual representation, coming from the teachers, as consumers of this “cheaper” health-care, their answers to these questions may be wildly different that what this misleading, if not very slick misrepresentation portrays.

  2. Good try, but this site, and issue-ad, is slick, misleading, and not necessarilly factual. Who pays, and conributes to th financees of this site, and issue ad?

  3. Under the recent reforms in Wisconsin, school districts are now able to competitively bid out for their health insurance coverage. Some have charged that the millions of dollars in savings have resulted from a lowering of the overall coverage, not actually reduced rates.

    While school districts are free to lower the benefits for employees, there are plenty of examples that keeping the same level of coverage could still garner significant savings. Some of those savings resulted from the major player in the market, WEA Trust – the teacher’s union own insurance company, retaining coverage while dropping rates, but other saving resulted in switching carriers.

    In Appleton, the district saved $3.1 million in 2011-2012 by renegotiating its $30 million contract with WEA Trust without changing any aspects of the coverage. In Oshkosh, the district switched from WEA Trust to WCA Group Health Trust save $773,000 in 2011-2012 with virtually no changes to the coverage.

    These savings, along with many other examples, are the result of school districts being able to competitively bid out health insurance contracts. The reforms enacted in Wisconsin have fundamentally changed the way the health insurance market works and taxpayers are the beneficiaries.


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