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Teachers challenge governor’s regulatory changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Teachers and parents have filed a lawsuit challenging a law that hands the governor more power in state agencies’ rule-making process.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a measure in May that gives him the power to approve agency rules before they can take effect. The lawsuit alleges the law tramples the state schools superintendent’s constitutional powers to administer public education and parents will be harmed because their tax dollars will go to implement the provision.

The plaintiffs include Mary Bell, a teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest teachers union. WEAC also has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Walker’s collective bargaining law.

Walker’s spokesman issued a statement accusing Bell and WEAC of polarizing the state and wasting tax dollars on another “outrageous” lawsuit.

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