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Flyer targets Janesville teachers

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- School officials are outraged by a flyer that's calling some of its teachers "radical" and suggesting they're bringing their politics into the classroom.

"I was flabbergasted. I was outraged that they would have that flyer. I was really surprised," said Dr. Karen Schulte, the Janesville School District superintendent.

About 2,500 copies of the flyer went out to people in Janesville over the weekend.

It asks how much WEAC teachers make in the Janesville School District, then lists the names of more than 300 teachers and their salaries, ranging from $59,000 to $75,000.

"It does affect teachers' morale. I think it affects all of our morale when educators are being vilified in this manner," Dr. Schulte said.

"They are angry that teachers are getting such a good deal and the taxpayers are paying for that, and it's costing the people of Janesville a lot," said Orville Seymer, the field operations director with the Citizens for Responsible Government Network.

Seymer said he helped two people file the public records request with the district, but they want to remain anonymous.

"They are concerned about retaliation for this flyer," he said.

"I see anonymity as being cowardice, and I would hope they would choose to come forward and have a conversation with me," the Janesville superintendent said.

The flyer refers people to the Verify the Recall website to check who helped further the "wasteful recall elections."

It includes a portion for parents to send requests that their children have a "non-radical" teacher next year.

"We don't know what's going on in that classroom. We don't know what teachers are telling these students," Seymer said.

"If people have opinions about an election, teachers or whoever, as long as that opinion doesn't come in the classroom or the school, that's fine," said Bill Sodemann, the Janesville School Board president.

The superintendent says she hasn't received any requests from parents wanting their children to switch classrooms because of the flyer.

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