This Day In History: Wisconsin Teachers Choose Protest Over Conference

MacIver News Service | February 25, 2016

[Madison, WI…] Five years ago today, a number of school districts closed for a teacher professional development day held at Monona Terrace. But instead of attending the sessions, many teachers chose to use the day off from classes to protest at the Capitol.

MacIver News Services’ Bill Osmulski reported:

Several school districts, including Madison’s, were closed Friday for a teacher professional development in-service day.

Madison school officials had reached out to the union to cancel the previously scheduled day off, and instead use it to make up one of the four days that schools were closed due to the recent mass teacher ‘sick outs.’

Those offers were rebuffed. Because of their collective bargaining agreement, both the district and the union must mutually agree upon any changes to the school calendar.

So how many teachers showed up at the professional development conference held just blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison?