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Walker defends proposal cutting Wisconsin schools


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is calling together school superintendents to bolster support for his budget proposal that cuts 8 percent of state aid to districts and reduces their ability to make up the difference through property taxes.


The proposed cuts were a major part of Walker's argument for passing a separate bill last week that forced teachers to pay more for their benefits.

Walker argues those savings will help to negate the nearly $900 million reduction in school aids he is proposing in the two-year state budget.

Walker planned a Wednesday news conference with three school superintendents to talk about his plan.

Teachers played a large role in the protests that grew as large as 85,000 people over the past month in Madison to object to Walker's collective bargaining changes.

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