Because many of their teachers chose to call in "sick" rather than do their jobs during the budget battle at the Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison schools are being forced to extend the remainder of the year's schooldays by 20 minutes. The Wisconsin State Journal reports:
The School Board reached an agreement with Madison Teachers Inc. over the weekend that allowed the district to set the makeup calendar. The agreement also ensures teachers with unexcused absences will not be paid for those days and that teachers who submitted fraudulent sick notes will be suspended.
The district has not yet released the number of teachers that missed school to work those days. The district received more than 1,000 sick notes, including some from doctors who were handing them out at the Capitol protests, assistant legal counsel Matt Bell said.