MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A record number of teachers are retiring in some Wisconsin school districts.
The experienced educators are choosing to leave the classroom to secure their retirement benefits under their current contract, rather than wait to see what their union will negotiate with reduced collective bargaining and increases in pension and health care looming ahead.
In Oshkosh, 37 retirements is double last year's number. In Appleton, 70 teachers are retiring, up from 29 last year. In the Mequon-Thiensville School District, 28 teachers will leave, nearly triple last year's retirements.
The retirements may help school districts avoid layoffs in a tough fiscal year, but at the same time, it means a loss of years of teaching experience.