This is pure propaganda, rife with inaccuracies, unsubstantiated sources, unattributed quotes, conditional language, and cop-outs.
These shortcomings aren't surprising, as the MacIver Institute is a secretive right-wing organization founded in 2009 by discredited Wisconsin politico Scott Jensen. (see links)
…schools would be shut down yet one more day, at a possible cost of more than $900,000.
While some have speculated that the absent teachers will see their pay docked,
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.’
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.
The issue extends far beyond Milwaukee and Madison, however. More than two dozen school districts were closed for at least one day last week as teachers called in sick to attend protests over the Budget Repair bill in Madison.
MNS is examining the total costs associated with those teachers’ salaries and will update this story when those figures are available.