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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Unions protect really crummy teachers

Labor unions haven’t done themselves any huge public relations favors since they turned the Wisconsin Capitol into a stinky flophouse. The majority of the protesters have been teachers, a profession that has a long history of crying “woe is us.”

Their latest whining has led some enterprising souls in the news media to actually investigate how rough and tough teachers really have it and how some of them perform. New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin discovered some eye-opening New York numbers:

“City Hall tells me it has documented problems with more than 7,300 teachers in the five boroughs. With a total instructor population of about 80,000, that means 9 percent of teachers have been found deficient. 

hat rate of troubled and below-average employees would not be shocking in many private companies and institutions. But the difference here is that taxpayers and students are stuck with them because of maze-like union protections, including tenure, and the city's sometimes creaky pace of enforcing its own rules.

At an average cost of $100,000 each, the untouchables cost $730 million a year. Throw in pensions and we're talking serious money forever.”

Read more here.

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