Part One of our new Watch Wisconsin series is here.
And via Brian Fraley at the The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy: llegally striking teachers from Madison East High School students dragged hundreds of students to their union protests at the Wisconsin Capitol yesterday. “But they knew they were just happy to be out of class. See this raw video from today’s government union rally in opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill:”
More via WISN:
The Madison Metropolitan School District said its closing all schools to students Wednesday due to “substantial concerns of excessive staff absences.”
The move comes after the head of the Madison teachers union called Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dan Nerad to recommend that he close schools Wednesday, saying few staff members represented by the union will be present.
Teachers in the Madison Metropolitan School District are planning a district-wide absence Wednesday to protest against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to take away collective bargaining rights.
More than 10,000 people, including many teachers, came to the Capitol on Tuesday to protest against Walker’s proposal and testify at a public hearing on the measure.
John Matthews, the leader of Madison Teachers Inc., said Tuesday that it’s the first coordinated absence in 16 years. He urged Nerad to cancel classes as union representatives contacted 4,500 members to call in sick.
…The district said that as of late Tuesday night, 40 percent of the 2,600 members of the teacher bargaining unit called in sick, and it was expected that the number would continue to increase through Wednesday morning.
District officials said that despite a substantial number of substitute teachers, there are not enough available teachers to come close to filling the need for Wednesday.
The district said that all Madison Metropolitan School District staff members will be expected to report to school Wednesday to meet their contractual obligations.
The superintendent said he is requiring teacher absences be verified by a doctor’s note or some other means for the rest of the week. Nerad didn’t say what would happen if a “sick” teacher turned up on the Capitol steps.
“So let’s take this a step at a time, be sure our children continue to be educated, and we’ll make whatever judgments we need to at a later time,” Nerad said.
I repeat: Those teachers should be fired. With near double-digit unemployment, there are PLENTY of qualified workers who would be happy to do the jobs Big Labor doesn’t want to do.