Saturday, December 10th, 2016

What the teachers are teaching

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The President of WEAC told her members that everyone should come to Madison, and the union members are responding, shutting down the schools in the Madison, DeForest-Brooklyn and Oregon school districts.

The state’s largest teachers union Wednesday night called on all 98,000 of its members to attend rallies in Madison Thursday and Friday, which led to multiple school districts — including Madison — canceling classes for Thursday.

“This is not about protecting our pay and our benefits,” Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell said at a press conference on the Capitol Square. “It is about protecting our right to collectively bargain.”

In an interview, Bell said her message stopped short of endorsing the kind of coordinated action that closed Madison schools Wednesday. She asked teachers who “could” come to the rally to come.

As of press deadline, the DeForest-Brooklyn and Oregon School District had canceled classes. Middleton-Cross Plains union president Chris Bauman said she was encouraging all members to come to the Capitol at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

So far all the teachers unions are demonstrating is that they do not have the best interests of the students at heart and that Wisconsin would be better off without them. It may not be the message they want to send, but it’s the message that parents across Wisconsin are hearing loud and clear.

Update! More schools closing. I’m wondering how this is going to affect the budgets for school districts that have to make up the days.

Other area school districts that have also canceled classes Thursday include the Oregon School District, the DeForest Area School District, Edgerton Schools, Monona Grove Schools, Middleton-Cross Plains Schools, Verona Schools and Waunakee Schools. For more school closing information, visit Channel 3000’s school closings page.

The closings come after the leader of Wisconsin’s largest teachers union said she wants all state residents to join protests in Madison against bill that would strip most public workers of almost all their collective bargaining rights.

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