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Are all eyes are on the State of Wisconsin, again? It all started with Governor Scott Walker scrapping collective bargaining rights, which set off large scale demonstrations statewide. Then summer recalls of state senators opened the state back up to the country. Now...if Governor Scott Walker is recalled......history would be made for the 3rd time......only 2 governor's have ever been recalled. We asked UW-Lacrosse Political Professor, Joe Heim, if all eyes are watching again.
And Heim says with the state being opened up like this...it may make some that wanted to move here or start a business here think twice. Heim says the state cannot afford that to happen.
School boards across Wisconsin are coming out with employee handbooks to replace union contracts after the elimination of most collective bargaining powers for teachers. Some major trends include elimination of seniority protection and just cause for teacher non renewal. So what's in the Lacrosse School District handbooks? Too early to tell says Superintendent, Randy Nelson. But he and the school board are all ears.
The finished product eliminates layoff protections based on seniority and a provision that the district provide just cause for not renewing a teacher's contract. Nelson says those changes give the district flexibility in personnel matters. They should be completed by the end of June.
Over one hundred thousand signatures have been collected so far in the recall effort against Governor Scott Walker. And though it seems like a great push in the early going........Lacrosse County Republican Chair, Bill Feehan, says how many of those signatures are bogus is what the GOP is waiting for.
The petition drive must amass 540,208 signatures by January 17th to force a recall election for Walker. Feehan thinks the democrats will have enough signatures to force a recall.
An end, finally, to the student ID voting huh bub.
Six of the UW's 26 campuses have said they'll give special ID's to students if they need them to vote. Among them, UW- Lacrosse, has unveiled plans to hand out supplemental ID's that can be used only for voting. That's because the schools' main ID's are good for longer than the two years allowed by Republicans when they passed the voter ID law. A huge cost associated with the ID's?
Chancellor Joe Gow says they will be made available in the Spring...just in time for elections in February.
School District of Lacrosse teachers will be working under some new rules for the 2012-13 school year. With state law now allowing teachers' unions to only collectively bargain wages, Lacrosse school officials have been developing a handbook for teachers to address areas that were previously under a collective bargaining agreement. WIZM'S Dan Deicher has more.
Instead of union contracts, Wisconsin teachers now have to abide by handbooks which will serve in lieu of contracts for public school employees. What's in the handbooks is of concern to the Lacrosse Education Association. President Ed Ludwig addressed some of those concerns last night at the board meeting.
Since the district extended contracts for a year.....handbooks won't have to be completed until the end of June.......because they will go into effect on July 1st.