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5,200 Milwaukee Teachers Took 92,691 Days Off Last Year
Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2012 | Kyle Olson

Posted on 04/11/2012 4:40:47 PM PDT by Kaslin

EAGnews.org is releasing a series of stunning reports to show taxpayers exactly how our dollars are being spent in government schools.  We repeatedly hear from the education establishment that school coffers are being raided, requiring teachers to be laid off and programs to be cut.  We hear schools are on the brink of bankruptcy and are operating on shoe-string budgets.

But local media outlets have long been derelict in telling citizens how the billions of K-12 dollars are really being spent.  How can taxpayers determine if schools actually do need more money if no one is tracking where the dollars are going?

Enter EAGnews.org.

In the first of a series of reports, EAGnews.org examined the teachers’ contract for Milwaukee Public Schools for the 2010-2011 school year and discovered a slew of expensive provisions. The numbers are shocking.

For starters, 5,200 teachers took a whopping 92,691 days off last year, for sick/personal leave, convention leave and “incentive” leave.  That level of teacher absenteeism – over 9% of the school year – resulted in $11.9 million being spent on substitute teachers.

“Step” raises – given for a teacher’s years of service, not effectiveness – cost $5.5 million last school year.  “Lump sum raises” cost another $10.4 million.

According to data received from the Milwaukee district, teachers do not contribute to their retirement or health care plans.  Thus, MPS paid the full freight of those benefits for teachers – spending $56 million on pensions and roughly $128 million for health insurance. 

While Gov. Scott Walker’s budget reforms now require school employees to pay a portion of both of these items, MPS extended its contract with teachers’ union members prior to the reforms passing. And that haste is generating millions in waste.

More examples:

MPS spent nearly $2 million to compensate teachers for monitoring the lunch room in elementary schools.

Milwaukee provides for teachers who want to retire early – at 62 – but don’t yet qualify for their full pension, which begins at 65.  Thus, taxpayers pay the difference of the pension they will receive at 65 and the one they receive a lower rate for retiring early.  MPS spent $15.6 million on that perk.

MPS paid out $709,306 for unused sick days.

Have you detected an expense that directly benefits children?  Me either.  Yet Milwaukee, like too many other schools, continues throwing money out the door to make adults happy and maintain “labor peace.”  With this kind of reckless spending, it’s no wonder Milwaukee Public Schools are facing a financial crisis. 


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Entire title: 5,200 Milwaukee Teachers Took 92,691 Days Off Last Year and Other Shocking Facts from Its Union Contract
1 posted on 04/11/2012 4:40:50 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

As long as these teachers can dupe the taxpaying public into believing that teachers are underpaid saints, they will continue to be able to milk the system — get paid a fortune to not work and saddle our kids with liabilit for their rich pension and medical plans.


2 posted on 04/11/2012 4:42:56 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Kaslin

That equates to almost 18 days/year. That’s a lot of sick days.


3 posted on 04/11/2012 4:43:25 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: metmom; wintertime; JenB

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4 posted on 04/11/2012 4:43:25 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Signalman

>>That equates to almost 18 days/year. That’s a lot of sick days.<<

I am not a big supporter of teachers (or any) unions, but 18 days a year of PTO (they combine sic/vacation) isn’t totally out of range and pretty well matches what middle management gets in Corporate America (I get 5 weeks a year and have for the last 30 years in each of my various jobs).

And State Laws are structured that if you don’t use it you lose it or you get a payout (this looks like a payout state) to keep the outstanding liability manageable.

There is a lot to dislike about some of the apparent issues on this union contract, but the headline sensationalizes by taking 2 reasonable numbers to come up with a BIG number.


5 posted on 04/11/2012 4:54:03 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Signalman

The Fortune 100 company I work for would fire them for attendance. unless it is a disability thing. 18 sick days for sniffles? This is how we refer to those that call in. “Bill called in; he has an eye problem,,,,,,,couldn’t see coming in.”


6 posted on 04/11/2012 5:09:24 PM PDT by joelt
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To: Kaslin

They’ve got PED, “public employee disease.”

It is an ailment that makes them use every single sick day available.

In union employees it is incurable.


7 posted on 04/11/2012 5:11:23 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Signalman

Yes, and that equates to 10% of the number of school days they should have been teaching but missed.


8 posted on 04/11/2012 5:17:07 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Signalman
That equates to almost 18 days/year. That’s a lot of sick days.

Especially when you consider they work 9 months out of the year with a week off at Christmas and a week off for Spring Break - not to mention the numerous holidays/off days during the school year. I figure they work about 7 1/2 months for a years pay.

9 posted on 04/11/2012 5:17:57 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Signalman
That equates to almost 18 days/year. That’s a lot of sick days.

It's not just sick days, it's personal leave days as well. Unless you are swimming the shallow end of the gene pool and have some crappy low-income job, most people have around that much off in a year in paid leave - sick leave, personal leave, optional holidays, etc.

They didn't mention maternity leave which might distort the numbers, since a lot of school districts allow women several weeks off.

I've never understood the whole maternity leave thing with any job or industry. If you want to have a kid, why should you get special benefits that everybody else doesn't get? I understand employers offering maternity leave to make jobs more attractive, but these days it's almost 100% required it seems.
10 posted on 04/11/2012 5:21:42 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Kaslin
Just for perspective, I work as a manager in the private sector. If any of my employees have five "sick" days in a calendar year, they are put on written warning unless they have a very good reason.

Speaking for myself, I've been in the work force for 32 years and I've only had one sick day. That comes out to an average of .03125 days per year (or an average of 15 minutes per year).

It's amazing how much "healthier" you are when your livelihood depends upon it.

11 posted on 04/11/2012 5:33:54 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 31 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: Kaslin
I would cut the "unused sick pay" payment...as most private companies don't pay a thing for it...

It's you use it, or lose it for us. ( Personally my idea would be to reward the folks that don't use it...by giving them a 1/3 of the days they don't use every year...)

I'd cut "convention" and "incentive" days totally out...and I suspect that's a big slice of their PTO.

That all said....I'd get rid of the NEA...and give parents "school choice". Period.

12 posted on 04/11/2012 5:44:50 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: Kaslin

My bet is this system is mostly black teachers by now and they are the ones abusing it along with some of the white teachers. Newer younger “teachers” “edumacters” will skew black and Hispanic in a system like Milwaukee. How many white students there...just saying


13 posted on 04/11/2012 6:12:56 PM PDT by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: freedumb2003
I am not a big supporter of teachers (or any) unions, but 18 days a year of PTO (they combine sic/vacation) isn’t totally out of range and pretty well matches what middle management gets in Corporate America (I get 5 weeks a year and have for the last 30 years in each of my various jobs).

Most people work 49 weeks a year.
Teachers work about 38 weeks.

14 posted on 04/11/2012 6:25:31 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: Kaslin

18 sick days? I’ve never worked for a company that gives any more than 10 days each year and no carry overs or pay if you don’t use them. Vacation days increase over the years, but this also should not carry over year to year.

Teachers as someone else said only work 9 months out of the year. And yes, they get Christmas break, February break, April break and how about all the other holidays that are thrown in there. Then they get the whole summer off. I just can’t believe that this is allowed.

I have big problems with teachers complaining. Don’t get me wrong - I have 2 sister-in-laws that both teach, but I do think they get way too much leverage, pay, and benefits. I’m outraged!


15 posted on 04/11/2012 6:28:23 PM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: freedumb2003

The school year is about 180 days give or take a day or two depending on which State you are in minus 7 or 8 holidays and a week for spring break leaves 166 or 165 days of work. Take 18 “sick” days off that and you only are working 148 or 147 days a year.

A private sector employee with 3 weeks vacation and 10 paid holidays and 5 paid personal days is expected to work 230 days in a year. Or about 56% more for the privilege of paying the salaries and benefits of the “educators” through their school taxes.

Teaching is like getting full time pay for part time work.

Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s my school district did not have paid teachers aides and our class size was between 30 and 40 pupils. We also did not build new schools at the mere suggestion that there was a shortage of class room space. We did double sessions, we did classes in the bus garage, the basement of a local church, and other rented space.

My teachers included World War II and Korean war veterans. There were very few discipline problems-they did not put up with crap from children (anybody that was still attending school).

We learned to read, do math,algebra, trigonometry, geometry studied history and English, a year each of chemistry, physics, biology,and qualitative analysis and had to pass the state wide test in each subject to get credit toward graduation.

We did not know that Johnny had two mothers or that Rachel has two daddies. We did not practice with condoms we practiced football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, track,and cheer-leading.

Global warming for us meant that the Russians and the Americans had gone to war with their nuclear arsenals not some cow flatulence or power plant emissions causing some imperceptible rise in temperature.

Now we turn out graduates that do not know the proper use of “two, to, and too” or “there and their” or “lose and loose”; can’t make change unless the cash register tells them the amount and need a calculator to do addition on a short column of numbers. Forget about multiplication or division.

And you only have to wonder how much teaching gets done during those 148 days a year to achieve today’s results.....


16 posted on 04/11/2012 6:34:23 PM PDT by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: freedumb2003

Those 18 days are on top of the regular school holidays. Regular person has a work-year of approximately 240 days. A teacher has a work-year of around 190 days. Also, of your 5 weeks (I recieved 4) how many did you actually take, and did your company have to hire a temp while you were gone?

I think 18 days is fairly significant when the total situation is considered.


17 posted on 04/11/2012 6:40:17 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: freedumb2003

I just retired from a highly unionized school system. We were allowed 10 days per year, 3 of which could be used for any purpose, the other 7 for sick days alone. If you accumulated sick days, you could use them with a more serious illness, such as surgery, etc. You could also use accumulated sick days for family leave if a parent or child needed emergency care, or whatever. I think this is pretty standard for a large school district. So, there might’ve been accumulated days involved. Normally, you just have to let your supervisor know if you need more than the standard sick days, and as long as you have accumulated days you are okay, or you have to take leave without pay.

This is a lot of days, but with the tensions as they have been, I doubt any principal is going to take on the union over sick days unless things got out of hand. If this was one school, yes. But, if a district or several schools, it would be hard to say.


18 posted on 04/11/2012 6:51:22 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: freedumb2003

Agreed however is your work year 181 days a year? That is too much time off for folks who have a several weeks off each year, 3 day weekends, and every federal holiday. A week spring break, a week thanksgiving and a two week Christmas holiday.


19 posted on 04/11/2012 6:59:20 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder; Shery

>>I think 18 days is fairly significant when the total situation is considered.<<

That is my point. I don’t think everything is shaded but I don’t like when a publication generates a number and then runs with it.

You both post almost 180 degrees of potentially similar situations.

I would live to root the anti-union on with an “ends justifies the means” stick, but I can’t do it in good conscience.


20 posted on 04/11/2012 7:03:20 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: freedumb2003; Shery

I see your point. Also, after reading Shery’s comment about accumulated days it made me think about teachers who are predominantly females and that it is probably a common occurrence to save up and take weeks off to have a baby. Add that to all the other ways to get sick and a 10% absence rate does not seem so unusual.


21 posted on 04/11/2012 7:35:19 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

you work less than half the year and still get 9% in sick days?....insanity...but the norm for teachers...


22 posted on 04/11/2012 9:44:13 PM PDT by cherry
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To: freedumb2003

I don’t think so....teachers work HALF the year...are you saying that 18 days out of 180 or so is reasonable?....


23 posted on 04/11/2012 9:49:23 PM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry
teachers work HALF the year...are you saying that 18 days out of 180 or so is reasonable?....

Well, gee. It's less than four work weeks...out of 36.

24 posted on 04/11/2012 9:56:38 PM PDT by okie01
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To: Kaslin; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Wisconsin teacher sick day ping

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25 posted on 04/11/2012 10:35:51 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Calamari

bttt


26 posted on 04/12/2012 4:43:51 AM PDT by petercooper (The one difference between Obama & Romney: Obama is only half white.)
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To: Kaslin

The Substitute Teachers must have loved it. I bet they made good money last year. Probably worked every day.


27 posted on 04/12/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Kaslin

Remember there is a difference between union and non-union teachers - we (non-union teachers) haven’t had a step raise in 3 years and were furloughed 5 days ($500) last year to save money for our district.


28 posted on 04/12/2012 7:34:17 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Signalman

That equates to almost 18 days/year. That’s a lot of sick days.
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For a 9 months school year, that’s 2 days a month. Actually, that’s not too bad considering some probably took off a lot of days for maternity leave, etc. Trust me, for inner city school teachers, 2 days a month is not bad. Federal Civil Service employees get 30 days a year (2.5 days per month.)


29 posted on 04/12/2012 7:39:44 AM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Kaslin
Average of ~17 days apiece. Big deal.

With fifteen years service, I have 25 days of “paid time off” (doubles as vacation and sick days), ten holidays, and a floating holiday, each year. In the Army, I got 30 days of paid leave each year (and unlike my current job, unused leave rolled over, up to 90 days!).

A long-serving teacher getting 17 days off during the school year is just not that bad. This is just more inflammatory crap from the Media.

30 posted on 04/12/2012 7:49:56 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Calamari
The school year is about 180 days give or take a day or two depending on which State you are in minus 7 or 8 holidays and a week for spring break leaves 166 or 165 days of work. Take 18 “sick” days off that and you only are working 148 or 147 days a year.

I'm pretty sure the 180 days is the final number of school days. Holidays etc already taken into account. So they averaged 162 work days, after subtracting sick days.

31 posted on 04/12/2012 10:42:00 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: All
I have been employed at the same private company since 1982.

I get 20 vacation days, 2 personal days, 2 floating holidays, 6 paid holidays, and 10 sick days each year. I use maybe 1-2 sick days each year - when I'm ACTUALLY sick. I don't "substitute" them as auxillary vacation days, as my teacher friends openly admit to.

So that is 30 days off each year I am using. The normal number of work days would be 255 days. So I am off 30 days, and therefore work 225 days.

Teachers are scheduled 180 days each year. 45 less than me.

One suggestion I made to management is to allow employees to roll sick days into a "bank" to save for when they have major illnesses or surgery. If HRD wants to put a cap on the total days, that's fine. Say 60 or 90 days max.

Employees can then "cash" those days out to avoid going on short term (or long term) disability. The pay difference is fairly harsh - 70% for STD and 60% for LTD.

32 posted on 04/12/2012 12:46:49 PM PDT by boss man
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To: Toddsterpatriot

If so OK.
It is still a part time job.
The results are there for all to see.
We are turning out poorly educated people.
And nobody is responsible for the quality of the education being given in public schools.
But we can fit a condom on a cucumber and understand that polar bears are dying because we burn coal to make electricity.
We are the truly stoopid ones for accepting the product that public education produces. Stoopid. (Yes, I know it’s stupid).


33 posted on 04/12/2012 2:05:32 PM PDT by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Calamari

You bet.
They need to lengthen the year.
They’re doing it here in Chicago, you should hear the teachers crying. LOL!


34 posted on 04/12/2012 2:09:24 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Signalman

Workers in private employment who consistently take 18 days a year of sick leave would be fired. Public employees have had been pampered to the point of absurdity. WI Gov. Walker saw the scam was bankrupting our state and got Act 10 passed to curb some of these abuses.


35 posted on 04/12/2012 6:48:41 PM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: RicocheT

How can this be?????? I thought teachers were underpaid and over worked. How many times I have heard that they were buying “supplies” with their own money and grading papers until 2 am every night? They are virtually slaves to the system, those poor souls.

What a bunch of crap. As a group they are overpaid, coddled osers. Unfortunately, they are allowed to influence children. Maybe if they bothered to work more than 180 days a year others would cxare some about their incessant whining and griping. Maybe.


36 posted on 04/13/2012 5:06:57 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: RicocheT

How can this be?????? I thought teachers were underpaid and over worked. How many times I have heard that they were buying “supplies” with their own money and grading papers until 2 am every night? They are virtually slaves to the system, those poor souls.

What a bunch of crap. As a group they are overpaid, coddled losers. Unfortunately, they are allowed to influence children. Maybe if they bothered to work more than 180 days a year others would cxare some about their incessant whining and griping. Maybe.


37 posted on 04/13/2012 5:07:15 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: RicocheT

How can this be?????? I thought teachers were underpaid and over worked. How many times I have heard that they were buying “supplies” with their own money and grading papers until 2 am every night? They are virtually slaves to the system, those poor souls.

What a bunch of crap. As a group they are overpaid, coddled losers. Unfortunately, they are allowed to influence children. Maybe if they bothered to work more than 180 days a year others would cxare some about their incessant whining and griping. Maybe.


38 posted on 04/13/2012 5:07:15 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: RicocheT

How can this be?????? I thought teachers were underpaid and over worked. How many times I have heard that they were buying “supplies” with their own money and grading papers until 2 am every night? They are virtually slaves to the system, those poor souls.

What a bunch of crap. As a group they are overpaid, coddled losers. Unfortunately, they are allowed to influence children. Maybe if they bothered to work more than 180 days a year others would cxare some about their incessant whining and griping. Maybe.


39 posted on 04/13/2012 5:07:15 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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