RACINE TO TAXPAYERS: SUCKERS!!
Racine Unified has chosen a costlier route than some other state school districts when it comes to making up time lost earlier this year because teachers took sick or personal days en masse to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill.
Of 13 Wisconsin school districts that had sick-outs contacted by The Journal Times, Racine Unified is the only one spending a substantial amount - estimated at $478,000 - on extra staff pay to make up classroom time lost when teacher sick-outs closed schools.
The other school districts implemented low-cost or cost-neutral ways to make up the lost educational time. Unified officials said the lower-cost options chosen by other districts would not work in Racine because of scheduling issues and contract terms.