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Governor Walker calls order removing Wisconsin Idea a `mistake'

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WATERTOWN (AP) - WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says it was not his intention to order that the University of Wisconsin's mission statement be altered to remove the central tenant of the Wisconsin Idea.

Walker on Thursday said it was a "mistake someone made" to assume that his desire to add career readiness to the mission statement meant to also delete references to public service and seeking a broader truth. But Walker says no one will be disciplined for it, calling it a "matter of confusion."

Orders Walker's administration gave to bill drafters show that they were instructed to delete existing language calling for extending knowledge, searching for truth and stimulating society.

The move generated a backlash and Walker says he's going to fix the language to keep the Wisconsin Idea intact.

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