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Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, defends his decision to support a bill calling for a two-year school district employee wage freeze during an Education Minnesota eggs and issues breakfast Saturday with Rep. Dave Hancock, R-Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Teachers battle Carlson over two-year pay freeze; senator explains vote

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About 50 teachers from five area school districts took Sen. John Carlson to task Saturday morning for his support of a two-year teacher pay freeze.

While not comfortable with "usurping local control," Carlson said not imposing the pay freeze statewide could see the loss of 1,200 jobs across the state.

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