Money, Policy Entangled in Wisconsin Labor Dispute
Gov. Scott Walker’s sweeping proposal to scale back collective bargaining rights for most public employees in Wisconsin has sparked a rancorous standoff with teachers across the state—and fueled speculation about whether similar plans will gain traction in other parts of the country.
But as massive demonstrations played out in Madison—an estimated 70,000 protesters came to the state Capitol one day last week—local school leaders were questioning one of the arguments behind the governor’s proposal : that it will help cash-strapped districts financially in the years ahead.
And while some in district leadership have voiced support for modifying collective bargaining arrangements, they fear the governor’s plans could create lasting discord in school systems where relations between teachers and administrators...
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