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Senators vote to make public schools teach the history of organized labor

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Wisconsin's public schools would have to teach the history of organized labor under a bill passed by the state Senate.

The Assembly approved it earlier, so it now goes to Gov. Jim Doyle.

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Tuesday's vote was 20-12.

Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, questioned the need for more state-mandated curriculum.

But Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, said a lesson about unions "doesn't hurt anybody."

He said it might sound good to preach for local control of schools, but education is a state responsibility and state mandates have been ordered for a long time. All the no votes came from Republicans, but three of them voted yes - Ellis, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, and Rob Cowles of Green Bay.

All Democrats voted for the bill except Kathleen Vinehout of Alma, who was absent.

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