Schools Closed for Cancelled Conference

10/27/11 – Many Wisconsin school districts are closed Thursday and Friday, to accommodate a teachers’ convention that will not be taking place. Many districts had already set their calendars for this fall before the state’s largest teachers’ union said in May it would scrap its annual fall convention. WEAC said it canceled the gathering because it is it not known how many teachers could attend following the new law which virtually ended collective bargaining. According to Superintendent Steve Vessey, the Beaver Dam School District’s contract with the education association, which is in place for the next two years, lists the next two days as non-work days. After the contract expires it will be up to school officials what will happen because teachers can no longer negotiate those days off.