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UPDATED – Protesting Teachers Could Reap $9 Million from Taxpayers to Attend Rallies
Absent educators may be paid to abandon students and march on the Capitol
MacIver News Service |
[Madison, Wisc...] As
Late Sunday night
Many of absent teachers converged on the Capitol to protest a bill which would alter their compensation packages and make changes in government employee unions’ ability to collectively bargain on issues other than wages.
While some have speculated that the absent teachers will see their pay docked, that may not be the case if they provide a doctor’s note. Due to collective bargaining rules currently in place, the absences could be considered excused and the teachers would be paid for their protesting.
That possibility took on added significance as the MacIver News Service broke the story Saturday that several doctors in lab coats were handing out medical excuse notes to passers by, without examining the ‘patients.’
“I asked if they were handing out doctors’ excuses and a guy said yes and asked me if I needed one,” one woman told MNS Saturday. “When I told them I needed one for February 16 and 17th, he wondered if I wanted to come back here for the protests next week.”
What happened next surprised her.
“I said, ‘sure,’ and I received a doctor’s note for the 16th through the 25th of February, without a medical exam.”
If all the teachers in
Using a figure of $100,005 for average teacher compensation in MPS and an average yearly workload of 195 days, these teachers cost approximately $513 per day in salary and benefits to employ. Spread over 5,960.3 full-time licensed teachers in the district, this adds up to $3,057,634 in daily expenses.
The average teacher’s total compensation in
These figures don’t include administrators and support staff, many of which got an unexpected paid days off thanks to the week’s protests.
The issue extends far beyond
MNS is examining the total costs associated with those teachers’ salaries and will update this story when those figures are available.
We’re analyzing costs at other districts whose schools were also closed due to mass sick-outs by teachers. The chart below reflects about one third of the number of districts that closed. We will be updating the chart throughout the week.