Social Studies Lessons from the Wisconsin Budget Battle

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Demonstrators protest in the capitol rotunda after they were given a deadline by the police to leave the building on February 27, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Scott Olson/Getty)

The battle between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and public unions continues. Tuessday, Governor Walker introduced his two-year budget proposal, which includes nearly $900 million in public school cuts. Walker unveiled his budget just weeks after he announced his controversial proposal to strip the state's public unions of collective bargaining rights. Wisconsin teachers are at the forefront of this fight. But how do teachers discuss the budget battle once they return to their classrooms?

Kate Arnold, a high school social studies teacher from Madison, Wisconsin, talks about how she is teaching this event in her classroom.


Kate Arnold

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

dan long

Kate's approach is balanced and very professional.

Mar. 13 2011 05:24 PM

"Walker.... announced his controversial proposal to strip the state's public unions of collective bargaining rights".
I believe collective bargaining in a public sector union is not a right and union leaders used to say so because it means bargaining with the tax payer and not a private CEO. Nevertheless Gov. Walker is not changing collective bargaining with salaries unlike President Obama's total denial of collective bargaining with federal employees.
It would not be wise to explain that to the civil and reasonable protesters in Madison.

Mar. 02 2011 02:03 PM

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