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Demonstrators march against cuts to public education


MADISON (WKOW) -- Demonstrators in Madison marched to the state Capitol Thursday evening, saying they're continuing their fight to protect public education.

Members of the UW Teaching Assistants' Association, along with UW staff members and students marched in protest of cuts to education and workers' rights.

It was two years to the day that many of them delivered valentines to state lawmakers asking them not to pass Gov. Scott Walker's bill restricting collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

Demonstrators say the fire of their movement still burns, even though they've been dealt some setbacks with the bargaining bill becoming law and Gov. Walker's defeat of a recall attempt.

"What you see is a lot of community building over the last two years. And I think that's what we need for any kind of fight back. So we're building it. I think we're actually stronger today than we were two years ago and I think that's why we're here," said TAA Co-President Charity Schmidt.

The demonstrators were calling on the state of Wisconsin to fully fund public education, pay teachers based on equity rather than performance and to maintain adequate funding for all UW departments and programs.

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