In what seems ironic now, Scott Walker is touring the state's schools celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution:
Dear Parents of 4th Grade Students:
I am writing to inform you that Governor Scott Walker is coming to visit School on Thursday, September 13th and will speak with all of our 4th grade students! Governor Walker and a professional from the Wisconsin Historical Society are coming to to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. They will present a lesson to all of our 4th grade students from 9:15 am until approximately 10 am. Students will hear about the signing of the Constitution and be able to ask the Governor some questions they may have for him.
I know, I laughed too. Here's Al Sharpton on MSNBC with the breaking news:
jsonline's Jason Stein just posted this:
Gov. Scott Walker's law repealing most collective bargaining for local and school employees was struck down by a Dane County judge Friday, yet another dramatic twist in a more than year and a half saga that likely sets up another showdown in the Supreme Court.
The law remains largely in force for state workers, though a federal judge struck down part of that section of the law as well earlier this year. But for city, county, and school workers the decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas returns the law to its status before Walker signed his law in March 2011.
The ruling means that, unless it is overturned on appeal, school districts and local officials will have to return to the bargaining table with their workers in a much more significant way. The decision raises a host of questions about changes in pay, benefits and work rules that have taken place in the meantime while bargaining was essentially dead.
"The decision essentially creates the (2011) status quo for municipal employees and school district employees because it declared that the essential provisions of Act 10 to be unconstitutional," said Lester Pines, an attorney for the Madison teachers and city of Milwaukee employees who are plaintiffs.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he would likely appeal the decision. "We believe the law is constitutional. We are reviewing the decision but we're planning to appeal," Dana Brueck said.
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