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Heavy Homework?


Are college textbooks so heavy they can cause back problems? One lawmaker thinks so.

A proposed bill would require the Department of Public Instruction and the Board of Regents to create a maximum weight limit for textbooks.
That's just one of many items dealing with education in a bill proposed by Representative Marlin Schneider, a democrat from Wisconsin Rapids. The bill had a public hearing Tuesday.

"I talked to one young woman at the university at La Crosse who said her backpack had thrown out her back two or three times already this school year,” says Schneider. “The evidence is clear that it's problematic."

The bill would also prevent the Board of Regents from approving a name change for stadiums like Camp Randall. It would also require all professors to put audio recordings of their lectures online for their students to access.

Because the session ends this week, Schneider says he doesn't expect his bill to get passed.


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