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UW-Madison chancellor says removing tenure not 'disaster'

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank says removing tenure from state law "is not the disaster that some people want to portray."

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that Blank said in an interview that university officials will act swiftly to ensure that tenure at the state's flagship research campus is the equivalent of its peers across the country.

The Legislature's budget-writing committee last month approved eliminating tenure from state law and giving more authority to university officials to fire tenured faculty. The change must still be approved by the state Senate and Assembly and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker.

Blank says the tenure change, along with a $250 million cut to the UW System, is leading to other universities trying to hire away faculty from Wisconsin.

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