'Teachers Are Up Against A Lot Right Now'
Nikki Clymer and James Evans
Ellsworth, WI

While friends Nikki Clymer and James Evans live in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, they both work as public school teachers in Minnesota.

Even though the schools they teach at are not in the state, they both said they feel the impact of Act 10 in Wisconsin.

Clymer and her five children live an hour away from her school on the Wisconsin side of the border. She said she thinks there is a crisis with public education, not just in the school she works in or the one her children go to, but everywhere in the country.

She blames the shift in Wisconsin on Gov. Scott Walker and the passage of Act 10, a bill that removed collective bargaining rights for most public employees, including teachers.

"Teachers are up against a lot right now," Clymer said. "They don’t have a lot of protection. They don’t have a labor union. They don’t have the right to strike."

"Teachers are up against a lot right now," Nikki Clymer said. "They don’t have a lot of protection. They don’t have a labor union. They don’t have the right to strike."

Evans said if someone has a child, or even a grandchild, in the public school system, they are feeling the impact of Act 10.

"It has corroded the integrity of the profession of teaching," Evans said. "It has made it worse for Wisconsin school children to be able to get a quality education because the teachers in this state have gone elsewhere to teach."

Both Clymer and Evans feel it is very important to go out and vote, especially because they feel their views are not being represented in any level of government.

They hope to see elected officials speak more about teacher unions, which they think will better the standard of education and support the middle class.

"I’m having a hard time finding any benefits directly to my family," Clymer said. "It's hard to be middle class right now. I think it's the richer getting richer and the gap is just not representing who we are as a country."



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