- Students and staff at Northland Pines High School were treated to a visit from Governor Scott Walker late last month.
But some teachers felt shut out by the Walker tour, and say it's part of a bigger problem.
At least one Northland Pines teacher requested to have a conversation with the Governor but was denied.
"It was 'thanks, but no thanks', and in fact, she was assigned to a different part of the building from where he was," says Fred Andrist, Director of Northern Tier Uniserv in Rhinelander.
Teachers and union representatives in the Northwoods say the experience at Pines is only a piece of the issue.
They say the overall lack of listening by Walker to the education community is different than with prior governors.
"There used to be a dialogue there. Didn't always agree, but there was a dialogue there. I don't see a dialogue occurring at all," says Andrist.
The Walker administration told Newswatch 12 in an email today that Walker has visited more than 25 schools since taking office and often has discussions with teachers.
It also says, "Governor Walker's reforms have saved taxpayers millions, controlled property taxes, and ultimately benefitted Wisconsin school children".
Written By: Ben Meyer