Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Madison schools closed while teachers play hooky


It’s for the children, right?

Madison schools will be closed Wednesday because 40% of their teachers have called in sick to protest a bill that would strip away their union rights.

“At this ratio we have serious concerns about our ability to maintain safe and secure school environments,” said a statement from Dan Nerad, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District. “Despite a substantial number of substitute teachers, there are not enough available teachers to come close to filling the need for Wednesday.”

The closure was announced at 11 p.m., hours after the teachers union, Madison Teachers Inc., announced substantial numbers of teachers would skip school so they could lobby Republicans who control the Legislature to vote against the bill.

I suspect because school got called during the night that we won’t see nearly as many kids going to the protests as we did on Tuesday. On the other hand, the malls and movie theaters will be packed.

I’m curious how many of the teachers will actually show up at the Capitol to protest compared to how many of them will treat it as “a mental health day.” (And no, I don’t take seriously the threat of the doctor’s note requirement by the school district.)

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