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Teachers, students protesting Walker's proposal


WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- Opponents to Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill are making their voices heard all over the state.

The Janesville Education Association held a candelight vigil at Craig High School.

About 100 people showed up to discuss what the proposal will mean for them.

JEA president David Parr says losing the right to bargain on anything other than pay has been the biggest disappointment.

Parr has been teaching in the Janesville School District for 16 years.

He says Walker's bill means 60 years of bargaining in good faith down the drain.

It would allow collective bargaining for pay but not for what he says is most important.

"We're not going to be talking about class sizes," Parr said. "We're not going to be talking about job duties. We're not going to be talking about healthcare or how you're going to be laid off."

There was singing and signs at the candlelight vigil--signs with messages to Walker, like "Have a heart, Governor Walker" and "Stop the attack on Wicsonsin families."

Teachers like Jennifer Fanning say they're already thinking about what they're going to have to eliminate to make ends meet.

Fanning is a third grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School. Her husband is also a state employee.

"[It will add] a $1,000 deduction to our household budget and already when we have taken this hit with the economy," Fanning said. "We still are paying the higher prices at the gas station."

Vivian Creekmore came to the vigil to show her support for teachers. She says her mother was a longtime teacher and her daughter attends school at Craig High School.

"Impoverishing one group of people does not help the state of Wisconsin," Creekmore said. "A poor state and a state without health care is a weak state."

One speaker referred to this bill as a "war on the U.S. working class."

Speakers said Walker started this fire, and now they're going to keep it going.

The Janesville teachers made plans to continue protesting Walker's bill on Tuesday. They say there will be some shuttle buses available to take people to the Capitol.

Some said they will be starting as early as 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Stoughton High School students organized a walk out as well on Monday.

More than 50 students walked out at 10 a.m. to sign a petition against Walker's proposal.

They walked to Stoughton United Methodist Church where several people gave speeches in support of their teachers.

"The state workers of Wisconsin, our friends and neighbors, are in trouble," announced one student speaking during the walk out.

"I appreciate all they do for us as students," said Jessie Fanchaw, a senior at Stoughton High School. "Without them where would we be?"

Students say it wasn't about missing class. They said most of the kids were out there for a good reason.

Teachers were not involved in organizing the walk out.

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