Wis. Schools Closing Monday For Low Staffing, Snow

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Schools are closing throughout the state because of teacher absences, weather and pre-scheduled breaks.

Districts including the Madison School District closed for one to three days last week after many teachers called in sick so they could protest at the Capitol. They and others were rallying against a proposed bill that would cut collective bargaining rights for most state workers.

Madison schools will be closed for a fourth straight day Monday. Spokesman Ken Syke says there were “substantial concerns” about staff absences. He says the district has assurances that teachers will return to the classrooms Tuesday.

Milwaukee schools are also closed, but because of a previously scheduled mid-semester break.

Schools in central and northern Wisconsin shut down as well. Those areas received 10 to 12 inches of snow since Sunday.

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