Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker has triggered a polarizing nationwide debate on the role of public sector unions and their right to collective bargaining. Walker, who was elected last November, has proposed a budget-balancing package that includes changes in collective bargaining rights for some public employees, including teachers, as well as increases in employee contributions to health insurance and pensions. The plan has sparked two weeks of rallies and protests at the state Capitol in Madison.
Education News Colorado asked two people with starkly different views of the Wisconsin situation to weigh in.
Ben DeGrow is a public policy analyst with the Independence Institute, a Golden-based think tank with libertarian leanings.
Sabrina Stevens Shupe is a teacher, writer and activist who has worked with students in struggling communities in Philadelphia and Denver.