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More than 400 teachers from throughout state gather at Capitol

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MADISON (WKOW) -- More than 400 teachers from throughout the state gathered at the Capitol Square Monday night, rallying in vigil.

Teachers held a peaceful march, chanting and listening to speeches.

One 33-year Middleton teacher says she's become energized by the protest.

"We need to have people talking and discussing not just dictating," said Deb Diamond, West Middleton teacher.

WEAC says for those who cannot get out of school, a vigil will be held at the square Wednesday night, protesting Governor Scott Walker's bill to take away collective bargaining rights for public workers.

It will be on the King Street steps of the Capitol, again from 3-7 p.m.

Madison school superintendent Dan Nerad is warning parents that there may be excessive absences Wednesday through the rest of the week as teachers and staff take time off to protest Gov. Walker's proposal.

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