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Send us the names of Wisconsin teachers complaining about Walker to the press, and we’ll tell you their salaries

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

With Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plans up in the air, teachers and the unions that represent them are telling whoever will listen that his proposed budget cuts would devastate them.

The Daily Caller started reporting the salaries and benefits of teachers who went public with their complaints on Monday, and this story will contain more of them.

Politico reported that Michael Mulvey, a high school algebra teacher in Wauwatosa, Walker’s hometown, held a sign that read: “Scott, I taught your son algebra. My son just turned 5. Does he deserve a good education?”

Mulvey makes $46,687 in base salary and $25,481 in “fringe benefits,” which include health insurance, life insurance and retirement pay.

Politico also reported that a high school math teacher from Green Bay, Karen Hill, traveled to Madison on a bus full of fellow teachers to protests, and held a sign that read, “negotiate not dictate.”

Hill makes $59,695 in base salary with an additional $28,398 in benefits.

Martha Vasquez, an art teacher in Madison, told Politico that she was irked more at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin chiming into the debate than she was at Walker.

“I was really surprised when Sarah Palin weighted in,” Vasquez said. “This bill is ripping apart the of what it means to be a Wisconsinite. We value education.”

Vasquez makes $50,018 in base salary and $11,188 in benefits.

Kevin Yeske, the assistant principal of Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, allowed students 20 minutes of one of their school days to protest Walker’s budget, and provided two school staffers to supervise the protest.

“I was really impressed with our students,” Yeske told the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. “They wanted to make a statement, but we want to make sure we don’t do any damage or consequences (to the school day); it was very well done.”

Yeske makes $94,262 in base salary with an additional $35,076 in benefits.

Henri Kinson, a former school board member in Whitewater, Wisc., told TheDC teachers receive five years of full health insurance after they retire, as long they worked for at least 10 years in the state. Kinson said that costs about $100,000 per teacher, funding he said comes from local school boards’ classroom and educational materials budgets – and could be used for more textbooks, technology for students and other learning materials.

Kinson also said that the approximately $100,000 per teacher post-retirement health insurance plans don’t show up in the database of school employees’ salaries and benefits because when the teachers get them, they’re not employees anymore.

11:52 a.m.Bert Zipperer, a Madison middle school guidance counselor, said Walker is “power drunk” and that he and fellow teachers are going to “sober him up.”

Zipperer makes $62, 062 in base salary with an additional $26,847 in benefits.

12:06 p.m. – Teacher Leah Gustafson held a sign in Madison that read: “Scott, your son is in my class. I teach him, I protect him, I inspire him.”

Gustafson makes $40,921 in base salary with $16,325 in benefits.

1:27 p.m. – Julie Fitzpatrick, a first-grade teacher at Elvehjem Elementary School in Madison, told the Wisconsin State Journal with teary eyes that this bill is about “so much more than teachers,” and she was glad to have her students’ parents’ support while she protested at the capitol all last week. She is back teaching as of Tuesday morning.

Fitzpatrick makes $64,569 in base salary and $27,637 in benefits.

The average Wisconsin worker in 2009 made $37,398, per the Department of Commerce. Also, teachers are out of the classroom for 13 or 14 weeks of the year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Check back for more updates and, if you see teachers quoted in news stories, please send links to matthew@dailycaller.com or tweet them to @mboyle1.

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Montrose/515119983 Dave Montrose

    I found another teacher whose salary he can check out.

    http://davemontrose.blogspot.com/2011/02/exposing-all-them-overpaid-wisconsin.html

  • onwisconsin

    All of Wisconsin’s teachers have a four-year degree, and most have master’s degrees as well. Comparing the salaries of people with masters degrees to the population of Wisconsin as a whole (whose #1 employer is Walmart) is simply not comparing apples to apples. In case you were wondering, only 7.13 percent of Wisconsin’s residents have masters degrees and only 15.26 percent of Wisconsin’s residents have bachelors degrees. I bet the average salary of this particular segment of the population is significantly higher than that of the teachers. Source – Wisconsin department of administration http://www.doa.state.wi.us/subcategory.asp?linksubcatid=379&linkcatid=11&linkid=64&locid=9

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Hart/100001365605444 Michelle Hart

    I’ve been out of work since April of last year… Sorry… I’m just not to sypathetic when some communist crybaby is forced to carry their own weight!

    I’m gettig REALLY SICK of having to pay my own way AND support all the communist goons who feel so entitled to these lavish benifits I’ve never had but am forced to pay for.

    Take a lesson from Regan… FIRE THEM ALL!!

  • avank

    It would be more informative if you list how many years each teacher has worked and what level of education they have. Is the average WI salary of 37,000, does that include any degrees or not? It is important to make a fair comparison as far as years working and education level in that average salary.

    I think people are screaming about the teachers because they get 2 months off in the summer. Other workers make just the same or more, but all the screaming is about the teachers. If it is such a great job, then everyone should just go into teaching…..

  • AndrewL

    So what is the average salary in Wisconsin for a college educated profession with a Master’s Degree?

    Try to compare apples to apples (teachers, who have Master’s degrees as a subset of all professionals with Master’s degrees) not apples to oranges (including workers with no HS Diploma, no college degree, etc).

    • avank

      Exactly…sorry I did not see your post. They also don’t indicate how many years have been worked to get to each teacher’s salary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Rademacher/649936798 Robert Rademacher

    Hi,

    There is something wrong with the school system.

    See the link here:

    http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/dataondemand/33534649.html?appSession=810283616281954

    Marsha Mellen Library Media Specialist $153,905 $31,418 40 Abrams Elementary Oconto Falls Sch Dist

    Marsha Mellen Library Media Specialist $153,905 $31,418 60 Oconto Falls Elementary Oconto Falls Sch Dist

    This librarian is making over $184,000/year? Oh please, do something about that gal.

    I agree with Governor Walker that something needs to be done. Hope it will have the positive impact on other sites, especially New York.

    • avank

      She might be the district head who oversees the whole district. How many tech people in the public sector make close to what she does? You don’t know how long she has worked there or if works year round. It is easy to make judgements, but get the whole story first.

  • ladylove

    HGTV is showing a program right now about 2 teachers from Syracuse NY, Tim and Roseann Smith, who are looking to buy a condo in Costa Rica, their budget is 200,000 dollars and they will consider up to 350,000 dollars.

    • scorpioman

      WOW these people are almost so rich they should be getting a tax break!

      • thephranc

        You deserve to be a victim.

      • Drahcir

        Are you bucking to be an elite’s lap dog??
        scorpioman, just listen to yourself.

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