WBEZ | state lawmakers http://www.wbez.org/tags/state-lawmakers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Indiana Teachers Protest Changes http://www.wbez.org/story/collective-bargaining/indiana-teachers-protest-changes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Indy Rally 1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">Public school teachers in Indiana say they&rsquo;re under attack by Republican lawmakers who want to roll back collective bargaining rights. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">That was the message more than 300 teachers from throughout Northwest Indiana gave at a rally on the steps of the Porter County Courthouse. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">With chants of &ldquo;save our schools,&rdquo; some teachers aren&rsquo;t sure how they become a lightning rod for controversy. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">&ldquo;I am aghast at what the legislature is trying to do to public schools for several reasons the first of which is robbing us of local control,&rdquo; says Debbie Fray, a veteran teacher in the Valparaiso public schools system. &ldquo;They are also trying to ram changes through that have absolutely no data to back them in terms of success.&quot; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">Republican lawmakers are leading a push to limit contract talks to wages and certain benefits.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">The GOP controlled Indiana Senate approved the proposal this week. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">It&rsquo;s now in the Republican controlled House. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">But similar to their Wisconsin couterparts, some Indiana House Democrats have fled to Illinois in recent days to thwart a vote.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p></p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 06:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/collective-bargaining/indiana-teachers-protest-changes