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Madison schools close, teachers call in 'sick'

MADISON (AP) -- Madison public schools are closed Wednesday because too many teachers are taking the day off to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to limit union bargaining.

Superintendent Dan Nerad says teachers who are taking a sick day will be asked to show proof of a medical reason. Those who don't could be docked pay. Teachers need at least three days' notice to take a personal day.

Nerad said that after more than 40 percent of teachers called in sick the decision was made to cancel classes because administrators were concerned about a safe and secure school environment.

Madison Teachers Inc. executive director John Matthews tells the State Journal the union was contacting members and urging them to attend a rally Wednesday at the Capitol in opposition to Walker's collective bargaining proposal. Matthews says it's the first coordinated absence by Madison school employees in 16 years.

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