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Wisconsin Students Planning School Walkout to Protest End of Collective Bargaining
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Posted on 03/10/2011 1:10:29 PM PST by EBH

Thanks to a controversial legislative maneuver, Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining for his public employees passed the state senate Wednesday night. Now, in a stunning show of solidarity with their teachers—who, as union members, now have no bargaining rights—Wisconsin's high school students are planning a grassroots school walkout, and they want to take their protest national.

Wisconsin Students in Solidarity is asking for the nationwide walkout to happen this Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Less than 12 hours after being formed, the Facebook event, Nationwide Student Walkout, has almost 2,000 "attendees" from across the country and student-led copycat groups and events are springing up on the social media hub.

In an email, the coordinator Jesse Banks, a senior at Wisconsin's Madison East High School said the group is calling for national participation

not only to send a unified student message in support of teachers and schools, but again to use this as an opportunity to educate students around the nation on the attacks on public education that are occurring in Wisconsin. There are students everywhere who care about these issues and we want to encourage them to make their voices heard, to get active and get involved.

Banks said the Wisconsin protests have had a "strong high school presence" over the past several weeks. Apparently, the idea for the walkout "came out of an entirely student-run meeting." Given the enormity of the decision made by the Wisconsin legislature, the students, "wanted to do something that added visibility to how the attacks on unions and schools are harmful to kids."

Banks acknowledged that some student participants "will be better informed than others, just as some adults are better informed than others." To make the walkout educational, the students are also holding a teach-in on the Library Mall in downtown Madison to discuss the "effects of collective bargaining elimination on public education, as well as the proposed education cuts in the Biennial Budget."

With these student-led protest efforts underway, it's a little harder to make the case that teens are apathetic and don't care about social issues. Whether you agree with their decision to walkout or not, this is democracy and free speech in action.

photo via Steve Alfaro/Wisconsin Students in Solidarity Facebook Page


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Education
KEYWORDS: brainwashing; democrats; education; indoctrination; liberalfascism; liberals; obamayouth; progressives; publiceducation; publicschools; socialism; truancy; unions; wisconsinshowdown
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Dear Parents,

Yes, I am placing this squarely in the laps of parents...

Do you know where your children are? It is time to discuss 'real life' with them and burst the socialist dream and brainwashing?

1 posted on 03/10/2011 1:10:32 PM PST by EBH
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To: EBH
Truancy is still a criminal offense isn't it?
2 posted on 03/10/2011 1:12:24 PM PST by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: EBH

What type of walkout starts at 2pm? School is practically over for the week. LOL.


3 posted on 03/10/2011 1:12:40 PM PST by library user (Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you're lazy.)
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To: EBH
The unions are so short of support they are "recruiting" school kids to get involved in that dangerous situation at the capital with those union thugs.

JABBER
4 posted on 03/10/2011 1:12:40 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: EBH

They didn’t end collective bargaining. The compromise measure allow them to bargain for wages.


5 posted on 03/10/2011 1:12:56 PM PST by DManA
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To: EBH

“as union members, now have no bargaining rights”

Isn’t this a lie????

I thought it left collective bargaining in place for salaries, no?


6 posted on 03/10/2011 1:13:03 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Never on my watch

Man, it would be nice if all my UD students took the day off.


7 posted on 03/10/2011 1:13:03 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: EBH

Suspension.


8 posted on 03/10/2011 1:13:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: EBH

Plan a major test late in the afternoon. No makeups allowed.


9 posted on 03/10/2011 1:13:23 PM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Never on my watch

Probably not ~ this is Wisconsin anyway. it’s cold, wet, snowy, nasty out there ~ they are going to walk around in it then drink hot chocolate while their mommies come down to the basement to dry them off with big fluffly towels.


10 posted on 03/10/2011 1:13:46 PM PST by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: EBH

Making good little socialists out of them.


11 posted on 03/10/2011 1:13:55 PM PST by bkepley
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To: Never on my watch

Well if this actually does happen, it will be a handful of students. They don’t care about Wisconsin and it’s an excuse to get out of school.Nothing more, this is weak.


12 posted on 03/10/2011 1:14:02 PM PST by cups
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To: EBH

Parents will turn a blind eye and attribute this as a “learning experience” in civics. They don’t want to be responsible for their kids from 8-5 because they work and have been trained to believe that the public school system takes over these hours.


13 posted on 03/10/2011 1:15:09 PM PST by albie
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To: EBH
Gee, a bunch of high school kids are given an excuse to leave school a couple hours early on a Friday, and they all sign up. Whaddasupprise.
14 posted on 03/10/2011 1:15:20 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: EBH
"...their teachers—who, as union members, now have no bargaining rights..."

Keep telling the lie until they belive it.

15 posted on 03/10/2011 1:15:56 PM PST by Redleg Duke (I DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA!)
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To: LS

I bet you like some of them. I wouldn’t be a bother. Your books are on my “to-read” list and I enjoy your spots on FNC.


16 posted on 03/10/2011 1:16:07 PM PST by library user (Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you're lazy.)
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To: EBH
Within a month of my then 5 year old starting kindergarten in the Public School, she came home and told me her techer was poor....because they weren't paid a lot.

I put her in Catholic school and my next two kids went "Catholic", too. Never regretted it for a moment!!

17 posted on 03/10/2011 1:17:30 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: EBH

It’s the Unions through the teachers that are pushing the students to do this.


18 posted on 03/10/2011 1:17:46 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: cups

Wonder how much ‘extra credit’ they are getting for those grades....


19 posted on 03/10/2011 1:17:56 PM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: EBH

Who cares if the brainwashed students walk out. Let ‘em. Maybe its better - enroll them in an educational program that actually teaches them about the freedoms and values our country was founded on.


20 posted on 03/10/2011 1:18:30 PM PST by Jim 0216
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