'Fleeing' Wisconsin senators earn NEA award

July 2, 2011 5:14:02 PM PDT
The 14 Wisconsin state senators who left the state to avoid voting on a collective bargaining bill were honored by educators in Chicago Saturday.

Six of them were on hand to receive the Friend of Education Award from the National Education Association. The group is holding its annual meeting at McCormick Place.

The state senators came to Illinois to avoid voting on a bill ending most collective bargaining for Wisconsin public employees. That measure was eventually passed.

On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak to the educators.