The MacIver Institute, which broke the story about the fake “sick notes” allegedly being handed out by some doctors so demonstrating teachers can get paid for being absent from the classroom, estimates the cost to the taxpayers of this fraud at $9 million here:
While some have speculated that the absent teachers will see their pay docked, that may not be the case if they provide a doctor’s note. Due to collective bargaining rules currently in place, the absences could be considered excused and the teachers would be paid for their protesting.
That possibility took on added significance as the MacIver News Service broke the story Saturday that several doctors in lab coats were handing out medical excuse notes to passers by, without examining the ‘patients.’
Meanwhile, some school districts reportedly will be carefully reviewing letters teachers submit. And the University of Wisconsin Medical School is investigating some of its staff physicians who allegedly were handing out the fake letters.