Controversial flier displays teachers’ salaries in Janesville
Salary information for hundreds of Janesville teachers has made its way to the doorstep of some Rock County taxpayers.
“It’s disturbing. It’s upsetting,” said Janesville Education Association president Dave Parr. “It’s actually the second flier that came out.”
Parr, whose name appeared on the list, said it’s no secret the school district has struggled financially, but he argued that the district’s teacher salaries are not inflated.
“I earn every penny I make,” Parr said. “I went to school for 10 years to earn my doctorate. I think I earned my money. I know I earned my money in front of my students, so I’m not embarrassed at all by my salary.”
“It’s a guaranteed salary,” said Orville Seymer, Citizens for Responsible Government. “They work nine months of the year. They get some pretty good benefits. I think that’s what’s got the public outraged about this is. They get paid that kind of money.”
Even though their name isn’t on the flier, Citizens for Responsible Government, filed an open records request to get the information used in the flier.
Dr. Karen Schulte, Janesville School District superintendent, said the information on the flier is public record, but that doesn’t make it right to distribute it.
“I feel like it’s vindictive against teachers,” Schulte said. “It’s not everybody’s salary. It’s a top number of people that are listed out, and it seems like it’s connected to the recall.”
The flier also included a section to request your child be moved to a non-radical teacher’s classroom.
Parr called the flier disrespectful.
“I don’t think teachers are upset with their salaries being revealed,” Parr said. “It’s the radical intent and the radical tone of the messages.”
The Janesville Gazette received dozens of complaints from folks who found the flier in their newspaper box, officials said.
The flier also listed the recall database website.