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Reality Check: Teacher Argues Against Recall In Ad

Published On: Dec 07 2011 06:41:26 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 07 2011 07:36:29 AM CST

In an ad run by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign, a teacher argues against a recall election, but the ad she appears in doesn't explain her stake in the contentious collective bargaining law.

It's one of a few ads featuring education professionals that are being run by Walker's campaign.

In the fight against a recall effort, the Walker campaign has recruited a high school teacher to express her disdain for recalls.

"I'm not big on recalls, and I think at this point, in my opinion and I'm only speaking from the I, it feels a little like sour grapes," says a woman in the ad labeled as "Kristi, High School Teacher."

Kristi Lacroix works at a Kenosha area charter school, teaching English at Lakeview Technology Academy. She says she has worked in Wisconsin public schools for 13 years.

"It's, 'We didn't get our way and so we want to change the outcome,'" Lacroix continues in the ad.

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Lacroix is so interested in the outcome that she has filed to intervene in a federal court case regarding Wisconsin Act 10, or the collective bargaining law.

In June, state unions including the Wisconsin Education Association Council filed suit against the state of Wisconsin in federal court saying that the collective bargaining law was unconstitutional.

Lacroix was a member of the teachers union at her school until Act 10 passed, and her filing said that she was "forced into an unwanted relationship" with WEAC, forced to pay for unwanted representation and that "Act 10 frees her from associating with those she doesn't want to associate with."

"The person that I'm going to stand behind, that is going to get my vote, is the man or the woman that says what they mean and means what they say, and it's not about being popular," says Lacroix in the ad.

Lacroix now has her own concerns about popularity. She told a Milwaukee TV station this week she was having second thoughts about appearing in the ad after being threatened, and said, "I just want all of this to go away."

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