CHICAGO - A local teachers union has asked Wisconsin's congressional delegation to press federal authorities to bail out five school districts struggling to cope with losses stemming from a $200 million investment involving collateralized debt obligations.

Acting on its own and without the endorsement of the five districts, the Kenosha Education Association argues in letters to U.S. Sens. Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl and Rep. David Obey - all Democrats - and other representatives that the districts deserve the same assistance provided to companies like American International Group. The union wants the federal government to purchase the districts' investment using funds from the Troubled Assets Relief Program.

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