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Modest proposal: Use GPS to track truant Wisconsin teachers and state senators!

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 20, 2011 11:13 PM

Schools in Anaheim, California are now using GPS to track students who cut classes.

Four strikes and you’re hooked up:

Students with at least four unexcused absences will be given a handheld device with a GPS signal to verify their location, which officials hope will cut down on truancies.

Anaheim School District Director of Safe Schools Rick Martens says participating students would be required to check in electronically five times a day by entering a text message.

What’s good for the students should be good for public school teachers and state senators, don’t you think? *SARCASM ALERT for the sardonically-challenged. “Modest Proposal” = Satire.*

As I noted yesterday, the Runaway Dems could be gone “for weeks.”

And public school union members in Madison, Wisconsin will be ditching classes for the fourth straight day tomorrow — screwing kids out of nearly a full academic week and screwing parents out of money that must go to child-care expenses or days off work to care for their families.

Here’s the announcement from the Madison school system via the MacIver Institute:

Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 21 & 22, 2011

Due to substantial concerns about significant staff absences in Madison, the Madison School District is again forced to close all of our schools to students on Monday, February 21, 2011.

However, we have received assurances that staff members will return to work on Tuesday, February 22. Therefore, all Madison School District schools will be open to students on Tuesday and will resume with their regular daily schedule.

We understand that managing a fourth day off will be a significant hardship for families and do appreciate your tolerance in these unusual times. We are heartened that schools will be open on Tuesday.

Despite closing to students on Monday, all MMSD staff members are expected to report to work.

We will continue to communicate with you on any new developments on this issue.

If it walks, talks, and quacks like an illegal strike, call it what it is, for crying out loud:

Peter Davis, legal counsel with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, which administers the state’s collective bargaining laws, declined to say whether the action — in which 40 percent of the Madison union’s 2,600 members called in sick as of late Tuesday — amounted to a strike since his organization could be called on to make that judgment in any complaint against MTI.

But in general, Davis said, a strike includes any concerted work stoppage by municipal employees, any concerted interruption of operation of services, or any concerted refusal to work or perform normal duties for the purpose of enforcing demands on a municipal employer.

Looks like Madison teachers with a conscience were brow-beaten into collective submission over the fourth sick-out day. Persuasion of power in action:

At one point, the membership was so evenly divided on a vote to return to work Monday, they were asked to exit the meeting room and re-enter through two separate doors so an exact count could be taken. The vote was 741-731 to return Monday, but a later, more overwhelming vote to return Tuesday won the day.

Kristin Voss, a social studies teacher at Memorial High School, said she attended planning to vote to return Monday because she worried that public opinion was turning against teachers. But she changed her mind after hearing concerns about how reduced pressure on the Legislature could defeat the movement.

“If we don’t continue with similar action, the real change that needs to be done, won’t be done,” Voss said.

Madison Teachers Inc. urged its members to call in sick last Wednesday to attend rallies at the Capitol, which resulted in the district canceling school. The sick-out continued Thursday and Friday as other districts around the state faced similar action from employees.

Madison Superintendent Dan Nerad said the district will have to discuss how to make up the four missing school days and what repercussions there will be for teachers who have not reported to work.

You can bet the “discussion” will amount to debating whether the lying teachers will get a slap on one wrist or two.

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They’re getting nervous: “Mary Bell is president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. She said on Sunday that it’s time for her members to return to work. For districts that do not recognize Monday as the President’s Day holiday, she said teachers should go to work. Others should report as scheduled on Tuesday. Bell says teachers will continue opposing the proposal.”

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