1. Today it agreed to pass the responsibility of funding its premier flagship institution (UW-Madison) onto the shoulders of students and families.
2. Yesterday we learned that our promised 2% pay raises (yippee) are no more.
3. Furthermore, all “non-represented” state employees–faculty included– will have the lovely experience of 8 days without pay during the coming year. This on top of the 2/9 rule that says we can’t draw salary for more than 11 out of 12 months!
4. Take a look at how WI is investing its stimulus funds for education. 9 states have had their ARRA applications approved: CA, IL, ME, MN, MS, OR, SD, UT, and WI. Of those 9, 7 plan to spend between 19-38% of those funds on higher education (the most generous are MN and SD). One state, Illinois, plans to throw higher ed 2.4%. And then there’s Wisconsin. What, you ask, does Wisconsin intend to do with its stabilization funds for education? 100% will go to k-12.