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School districts react to collective bargaining ruling


School leaders in districts across Central Wisconsin say they're surprised over a judge's decision Friday to declare parts of the collective bargaining law unconstitutional.

But many say they don't know what to think of it at this point, and they aren't sure what their next move will be.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the judge made a mistake. He tells Newsline 9 he plans to ask for a stay, which would keep the law in place until the appeal process is over.

"I'm surprised but not shocked," Hollen said.

That comes just days after the judge's decision.

"I believe Act 10 has passed constitutionally. He's made some errors in his legal analysis and applied somewhat inaccurately," Hollen said.

Union leaders say they aren't getting too excited over the judge's decision yet.

"It's good news but we have to cautious with layers of judiciary review," union leader John Spiegelhoff said.

"We really don't have any direction and we'll need to get that," Mosinee Superintendent Jerry Rosso said.

Rosso says they really don't know what their next step will be, but they anticipate a long process ahead.

"At some point in time, we'd like to get beyond that. We have work to do with teaching kids," Rosso said.

"We're going to wait and see, but we're going to carry on as we always have over the last 18 months," Spiegelhoff said.

Other school districts agree—they say boards will get together to discuss the decision in the coming days.

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