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Politicians teach kids art of debate

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Students at Onalaska's Eagle Bluff Elementary had a lesson in the art of debate.

The 5th graders watched as Sen. Jennifer Shilling and Rep. Steve Doyle squared-off in a mock debate about year round school. While most of the students said they aren't crazy about the idea of a year round schedule,  they were split on who won the debate.

"I think Steve Doyle because he's saying that it's just flipped around and I agree with that," said 11-year-old Taylor Edwards. "I agree with his point, I don't agree with year round school."

But one of her classmates thought Shilling came out on top.

"Senator Shilling because she's saying all this stuff but he's [Rep. Doyle] not really answering back," said Nick Pica.

The students researched the issue and are preparing to do their own debates.

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