"If they want to pay them $70,000, they can do it," Walker said. "There's nothing to stop that." Pause for collective spit take.
Ahhh yes governor Walker, there's nothing to stop that.... except, for the fact that you've slashed state aid funding to schools, which on average, rely on about 2/3 of their funding from the state. And at the same time, you've prevented local school districts from raising property taxes to fill in the massive funding hole left from removal of state aid.
The truth is that Act 10 and the Walker rule to implement it prohibits "educational add-ons" and therefore cuts 30% of the money out of the 'pot of money' the average school district uses to pay teacher salaries.
Many school districts simply won't have the money to restore that funding and will use this "tool" to prevent lay-off of teachers. It should be noted as well, that many schools can't lay-off teachers because they are already at their bare minimum of one teacher per elementary grade or already have riculously high class sizes.