Teacher Protests Continue In Indianapolis

By Scott Sarvay

February 22, 2011 Updated Feb 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM EST

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Indiana Senate has passed a bill that would limit teachers' collective bargaining rights as teachers gathered to voice their displeasure about the pending legislation.

Hundreds of teachers were not in the classroom Tuesday but opted to take personal days and professional days to protect teachers and students from what they call “anti-public education” and “anti-public school teacher legislation” being proposed in the General Assembly.

ISTA President Nate Schnellenberger says, “Our Governor, and the General Assembly are too busy creating more charter schools, increasing voucher programs, stripping workers and public school educators of their collective bargaining rights then being concerned about jobs.”

If the bill makes it to the Governor’s desk it will limit collective bargaining agreements between local districts and teachers' unions when it comes to wages and wage related benefits.

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