Wisconsin's controversial Act 10 legislation has had little long-term effect on the Wisconsin teacher workforce. One lesson: We should be careful to separate out any given policy's effects on teachers unions from its effects on teachers.
Contrary to the popular perception of teachers having "Cadillac" health care benefits, those costs are mainly driven by differences in coverage across different types of employees, not the generosity of the underlying benefits.
The current Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (ATRS) plan is not providing most of its members with adequate retirement benefits. Alternative models already in place within the state would do a better job of accomplishing that goal.