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Democrats say Republicans have let down rural schools

Republicans who control the state Assembly haven't done enough to address funding cuts, high poverty and teacher shortages in Wisconsin's rural schools, state Democratic leaders charged Thursday.

With about two months before Election Day, the news conference was a response of sorts to the Republicans' one Wednesday, during which the GOP unveiled their priorities for 2017, including finding "solutions for problems facing students in rural school districts."

But Democrats, including Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, argued Republicans have failed over the past five years to address those problems, which they said is making it difficult for some smaller, rural...

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