District Info
Career Prospect: 
Dead End Job

Milwaukee County

County Seat: 
Milwaukee
WCA District: 
Southeast

Even though Milwaukee & Dane counties enjoy a small MAGA population density, teachers working here often endure a barrage of verbal assaults and attacks by right wing talk radio stations that amplify the hatred towards teachers. For the past 35 years, public school teachers have been firmly in the cross hairs of the right wing radio hosts whose original content is re-broadcast 24/7 on the 81 right wing talk radio stations across Wisconsin.

For every Republican politician in Wisconsin, the #1 key to election victory is attacking public schools, their teachers, and teachers’ families. Bolstered by right wing talk radio shows based in Milwaukee and Madison, Republican politicians throughout Wisconsin benefit by  hatred for public school teachers promoted by the large AM talk radio stations in Milwaukee and Madison.  

During a monitoring study a few years ago, in a two week period right wing radio hosts based in Milwaukee & Madison called Wisconsin teachers, “crybaby whiners, goons, scum of the earth, lazy fat pigs, jackasses, incompetent pigs, parasites, moochers, leeches, fat lazy bitches, money grubbing whores, dumb morons, manure brained twits, liberal hacks, indoctrinators, pedophiles, groomers, and child molesters”.

These verbal attacks are STRONGLY SUPPORTED by the radio station advertisers that include many of Wisconsin’s largest businesses. These right wing MAGA supporting talk radio hosts profess that their advertisers; car dealers, furniture stores, landscaping firms to name just a few, LOVE  having their product promoted during segments ripping public schools and teachers. 

Thanks to Act 10, every teacher in the Milwaukee and Madison radio markets goes to school knowing that day could be the final day of their career if they are personally targeted by one of the right wing radio jocks during an "Attack a Teacher" segment. These segments often begin with an inside "tip" from a "concerned parent" or high school student.

Several years ago, one such "tip" cost a suburban English teacher her job. She omitted writing down “Fox News” as an acceptable citation source during a classroom brainstorming session. For several days, she was denigrated on-air by several radio hosts, and was ultimately FIRED on the air by the Superintendent of her school district. Same for another teacher who was publicly humiliated and then terminated after a parent email complaining about her teaching style.

Since 2011 when Act 10 wiped out all fair dismissal protections for Wisconsin teachers, numerous Wisconsin teachers have been publicly humiliated and terminated on live AM radio by Superintendents that bow to the "Fire That Teacher" demands of right wing AM radio. 

Wisconsin teachers are the only teachers in America that could lose their jobs by AM radio talk show hosts acting as Judge, Jury, and Executioner by blowing up a huge controversy, often on the basis of an unsubstantiated allegation, and demanding that the Superintendent fire the teacher LIVE on the Air. This is the result of Governor Walker & the Republican Dictatorship that rules Wisconsin wiping out employment protections that teachers have in every other state in America. 

On several occasions since 2011, Republican AM radio jocks have used their shows to orchestrate violent attacks on teachers. In August 2011, several right wing talk radio hosts in the Milwaukee area called upon their listeners to attend a New Berlin school board meeting and pelt the “crybaby teachers” with pacifiers. One host told his audience that he wanted to see news pictures of teachers with “half dollar size welts” on their faces from being hit by pacifiers.

The hundred or so teachers in attendance were overwhelmed by the 500+ angry ginned up mob of right wing radio listeners that showed up with bags of pacifiers. As the first New Berlin teacher began to address the school board, hundreds of pacifiers rained down on the teachers. As the teachers fled for their safety through the hail of pacifiers, many teachers were spit on and even vomited on by the wildly cheering mob that began chanting, "Stand With Walker" as the terrorized teachers ran for their lives!  Once out in the parking lot, many teachers found that their cars had been vandalized as well.

A few months later, teachers were again targeted by several right wing radio hosts for their acceptance of a free gift box of spices from Penzey’s Spices. Wanting to boost teacher morale after months of vicious Republican attacks, owner Bill Penzey offered a free gift box of to every Wisconsin teacher. Inside each box was a “Love Teachers” bumper sticker.

Republicans & their AM talk radio allies were outraged over any kindness extended to public school teachers. Several talk radio hosts around Wisconsin created “contests” encouraging listeners to vandalize teachers’ cars with the “Love Teachers” bumper stickers by ripping off the windshield wipers or keying the sides. Several hundred teachers’ vehicles were damaged before word got out to remove those bumper stickers.

Even though you will be teaching in one of the most progressive counties in Wisconsin, you still cannot escape the often extreme hatred of public school teachers that is endemic to the Republican Dictatorship that has destroyed Wisconsin's once #1 Public Schools and now controls every aspect of teachers’ lives in Wisconsin.

Political Environment
2016 Election: 
29% Trump
2018 Election: 
31% Walker
2020 Election: 
29% Trump
COVID Rate: 
57% Fully Vaccinated
Money Stolen From This District's Taxpayers to Fund School Vouchers Across Wisconsin
Latest Available Data: 2022-23 School Year: 
$1,033,447
The Republican Dictatorship that rules 'Wisconsin has underfunded public schools since 2011 while giving the largest funding increases in America to private & parochial voucher schools.
Average Teacher Salaries
2010-2011 Average Salary: 
$64,150
2022-23 Projected Salary at 26.3% Inflation Rate: 
$81,021
2022-23 Average Salary: 
$63,667
Average Teacher Salary Performance
WERC Inflation Rate Since July 2011 : 
26.3
Real Salary Change: 
-0.8%
2022-23 Purchasing Power Change : 
$-17,354

This school district is located in Milwaukee County, which has one of the highest costs of living in Wisconsin. Like every Wisconsin County, some Milwaukee County school districts are really great places to work while the school boards in other districts have used Act 10 to make their districts some of the most undesirable places to teach in Wisconsin.

Reflecting the high cost of living, teachers in  Milwaukee County school districts earn some of the highest average salaries in Wisconsin. The average teacher salaries for Milwaukee County school districts range from $56,095 to $79,463 as of the 2022-23 school year. 

The South Milwaukee school district has one of the lower average teacher salaries in Milwaukee County at $63.667. The average teacher salary in this district actually DECREASED by 0.8% or $483 since 2011, which was well below the inflation rate.  

This school district is suffering from the same severe financial problems as is Cudahy, it's neighbor to the north. Years of severe underfunding of public schools by the Republican Dictatorship that rules Wisconsin and declining enrollment have put this district into a severe financial bind. 

Fortunately, South Milwaukee residents are very supportive of their public schools, recently voting to approve an Operational Referendum to raise taxes by 10 million dollars over the next 5 years. 

If the Republican Dictatorship that rules Wisconsin didn't force school districts like South Milwaukee to send over 1 million dollars in property taxes back to the state to  fund the statewide Voucher school program, that Operational Referendum amount would have been 5 million dollars, instead of 10 million dollars. 

With the precarious nature of school funding and the actual DECREASE in average teacher salaries since 2011, we rate career employment potential for teachers in this district to be a Dead End job.

Estimated Average Teacher Income Loss Since 2011 From Act 10
$218,227

The Republican Dictatorship that has Ruled Wisconsin Since 2011 has underfunded public schools by over 4 Billion dollars in order to provide massive tax cuts to the wealthiest individual taxpayers and big business and manufacturers by severely reducing teacher salaries & benefits.

Superintendent Earnings
2010-2011 Superintendent Salary: 
$133,000
2022-23 Projected Salary at 26.3% Inflation Rate : 
$167,979
2022-23 Superintendent Salary: 
$167,987
Superintendent Salary Performance
WERC Inflation Rate Since July 2011 : 
26.3
Real Salary Change: 
26.3%
2022-23 Purchasing Power Change: 
$8

Superintendent salary for 2021-22 school year was used for this calculation as the salary for 2022-23 school year was unavailable.

April 2024 Referendum Results

Taxpayers approved a $10,000,000 non- recurring operational referendum. 

 

 

Ten Year Teacher Salaries
Median 2020-2021 First Year Teacher Salary: 
$47,500
Projected Ten Year Salary in 2020-21: 
$59,993
Ten Year Teacher Salary Performance
10 Year WERC Inflation Rate: 
26.3
Real Salary Change : 
0.0%
Real Purchasing Power Change*: 
$0