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May 24, 2012

Flyer targets Janesville teachers


School officials are outraged by a flyer that's calling some of its teachers "radical" and suggesting they're bringing their politics into the classroom.

"I was flabbergasted. I was outraged that they would have that flyer. I was really surprised," said Dr. Karen Schulte, the Janesville School District superintendent.

About 2,500 copies of the flyer went out to people in Janesville over the weekend.

It asks how much WEAC teachers make in the Janesville School District, then lists the names of more than 300 teachers and their salaries, ranging from $59,000 to $75,000.

"It does affect teachers' morale. I think it affects all of our morale when educators are being vilified in this manner," Dr. Schulte said.

Matthew DeFour:
Janesville teachers and their supporters expressed outrage this week after an anonymous group distributed fliers listing their salaries and urging parents to request their child be assigned to a "non-radical teacher" next year.

The fliers, which included the names, titles and salaries of the 321 highest-paid Janesville teachers, also urged readers to go to to determine if the teachers signed the petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

Orville Seymer, an open records specialist with the conservative Milwaukee-based activist organization Citizens for Responsible Government, said the group responsible for the flier has asked to remain anonymous "for obvious reasons."

On behalf of the anonymous group, Citizens for Responsible Government filed an open records request with the Janesville School District seeking teacher names, salaries and titles. Seymer provided the information to the anonymous group, but was not involved in drafting or distributing the fliers, he said. No other requests of a similar nature have been filed with other districts, Seymer added.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 24, 2012 1:04 AM
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