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