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Madison schools' bid to get teachers back denied

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A judge has denied a bid by the Madison School District to force teachers back to work.

But a leader of the teachers union says teachers will return to the classroom Tuesday.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the district late Friday filed for a temporary restraining order that would bar teachers from taking part in any more work stoppages such as teacher demonstrations that have closed schools three days this week. The district characterizes the work stoppage as an illegal strike. Strikes by teachers are prohibited by state law.

District officials haven't decided yet whether schools will be open Monday.

Schools have been closed in Madison, Milwaukee and other districts around Wisconsin as teachers call in sick to attend protests at the state Capitol over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill. Teachers and other state union workers are upset that Walker wants to curtail their collective bargaining rights.

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The Wisconsin State Journal report can be found at: http://bit.ly/dI3n73

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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