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When students return Thursday for the first day of school across Wisconsin, many familiar faces will be gone, as teachers chose retirement over coming back in the wake of a new law that forces them to pay more for benefits while taking away most of their collective bargaining rights.

Documents obtained by the Associated Press under the state's open records law show that about twice as many public school teachers decided to hang it up in the...

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