Following are remarks and attachments distributed to the MMSD Board of Education electronically and hard copy on Monday, June 6, 2005, by KJ Jakobson, who is a researcher working with Active Citizens for Education in matters related to health care benefits for school district employees. Discussion and questions may be directed to KJ Jakobson directly and/or to Don Severson.:
Dear School Board,
In light of the referenda failures its time for the district to drive a hard bargain with the union concerning its intransigence with respect to health insurance carriers.
My research indicates there is a win/win solution for teachers, the district and students but WPS has a lot to lose (~8% of its group health business) and won’t give up easily. It is unclear whether, at this point in time, John Matthews is serving the teachers or serving WPS. In any case, I am certain WPS will not give up its favored and special access position at the bargaining table without a big fight. However it is time to face that battle head-on on behalf of teachers, students, taxpayers and most of all the children who are adversely affected when staffing is reduced and programs are cut.
I have attached the following documents:
- “Important Facts, Text and Resources in Consideration of Issues Relevant to Reducing Health Care Costs in the Madison Metropolitan School District In Order to Save Direct Instruction and Other Staffing and Programs for the 2005-06 School Year” 65K pdf
- Summary of Complaints & Grievances for Group Health Insurance Carriers 68K pdf
- Madison Schools Health Care Potential Cost Savings Scenarios 72K pdf
- Madison Schools Health Care Potential Cost Savings Percentages 56K pdf
which hopefully will be of assistance to you in driving a hard bargain on the subject of health care costs.
I have also verbally given a more lengthy analysis to both Carol Carstensen and Ruth Robarts.
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