A newspaper investigation has found that at least 10 doctors not previously disciplined by the state signed sick notes for Madison School District employees that the district considered fraudulent.
The notes were written amid Capitol protests earlier this year. The district released the sick note records Friday as part of a legal settlement with the State Journal. The newspaper analysis shows that school employees sought excused absences for everything from the illness of a child to laryngitis and stress "from current governmental activities."
The 10 additional doctors identified in the records, like some of the seven doctors previously reprimanded, used sick note form letters listing badgerdoctors(at)gmail.com as their contact information. The district cited that as grounds for declaring all notes from those doctors as fraudulent.