July 9, 2009 (MADISON, Wis.) --
A state bill up for a hearing Thursday would require Wisconsin public schools to teach the history of organized labor and the collective bargaining process in the U.S.Labor unions support the requirement. But groups representing school boards and administrators have registered against it saying they don't want the curriculum micromanaged.
The bill has been around for years. It passed the Senate in 1997 and 2001 but never the full Legislature.
The Assembly in April passed a bill that would only require the history of organized labor and collective bargaining be included in the state's academic standards.