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Students protest against UW-Madison split

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison students are protesting Friday against the New Badger Partnership that proposes a separation of the school from the UW system.

The New Badger Partnership proposed by UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin suggests changes in the school's tuition system and management practices, including a split between the system's largest campus and the rest, in order to create more flexibility in face of budget cuts.

The Board of Regents released a statement Tuesday saying that Martin's proposal about the split is "a radical departure from earlier statements about administrative flexibility and efficiency."

They also believe UW-Madison's departure is unnecessary to ensure flexibility within the system, according to the statement.

Martin disagrees, saying the split is in the best interest for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners when a research institute like UW-Madison is in urgent need of change.

Chancellor Martin met with Board of Regents to discuss the New Badger Partnership Friday.

A group of students, led by the Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC), protested outside the meeting.

According to SLAC's statement, they believe the separation is a "scheme to privatize the university, raise student tuition, and undermine campus workers' rights."

The group then marched to Bascom Hall and the State Capitol to protest against Gov. Walker's budget bill.

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