The number of teachers in Wisconsin's public schools declined by 1,446 positions, or 2.4%, during the 2011-'12 school year, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says in two reports that will be released Monday.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization said school districts that had growing enrollment and saved on employee benefit costs often added teachers. Conversely, districts with declining enrollment and little or no benefit savings sustained losses.
The reports will likely add to the debate over Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker's legislation that curtailed collective bargaining for most public-sector workers, including teachers. Savings on benefits were designed by lawmakers to give local districts avenues to offset cuts in state aid.
"In the end both sides will look at this and say, 'See, I told you so,' " said Dale J. Knapp, research director of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.