Teachers unions in the state’s five largest school districts are calling on Gov. Tony Evers and the state’s top health and education leaders Monday to require schools to remain closed for now and to start the school year online only, arguing the threat from the coronavirus remains too high for students and staff to safely return.
The unions voiced their concerns in a letter to Evers, Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor and Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm, saying the virus is “surging across Wisconsin” and that the state has among the fewest restrictions in place to contain its spread.
Evers, a former educator and state superintendent, has been a top recipient of teachers unions’ political spending.
One must recognize what is going on here. First, these unions are advocating for more money and less work. On the tail end of the push for online learning are demands for massive new spending on public schools to buy new online platforms, training, bigger classrooms, smaller class sizes, etc. It’s the same old push for more spending that they always do. Follow the money. They paid for a governor and they are now demanding tribute.
Second, these unions are terrified that if they abdicate their duty to educate children, the private and suburban schools will step in to fill the void. Many of those suburban and private schools are planning to actually open and educate kids. Parents see that and actually care about their kids’ education. So instead of minding their own business and focusing on their local districts, the unions are pushing to a statewide mandate to prevent families from having a choice. I hope that all of the parents in these five districts are paying attention. The teachers in their districts, as represented by their union, don’t give a crap about their kids’ education. Irrespective of whether or not there is a statewide mandate (which would be unconstitutional), parents are doing a disservice to their kids to keep them in these school districts.