Warwick Schools’ strange rolling illness — which apparently hits large numbers of teachers one school at a time for just a single day each time — has now moved to the elementary schools, with students far too young to be left without some sort of care during the day. Three schools for small children are closed today with no notice, at least one of them because of teacher absences.
That is, the event appears to be a deliberate “sick out” as a consequence of the district’s unionized labor force. The public could reasonably see that as a form of actual illness, at least a mental illness akin to membership in a cult.
I think it was Gene Valicenti on WPRO who asked the local union leader, Darlene Netcoh, whether the union planned to hit one school at a time. She professed no plans that were technically union-approved, but the rumors appear to have been accurate. One wonders whether the district closed two other elementary schools as a preventative measure.
The bottom line is that this sort of thing simply shouldn’t happen, and the only reason it is allowed to happen is that the school district can take money from taxpayers whether or not they use the service. Taxpayers can’t stop paying the bill. Parents can only seek more-reliable options if they are willing to move or pay for private education above and beyond their taxes. And the labor unions are part of a formidable national network dedicated to preventing our political system from working against their selfish interests.