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Wisconsin's School Report Cards See Gains: School Improvement or New Formula?

The majority of Wisconsin’s students are performing at or above expectations, according to the latest round of state report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction on Tuesday. But, DPI officials warn that although new scores paint a brighter picture for schools across the state, in some cases they may not be an accurate reflection of what’s happening in classrooms.

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Singer-songwriter Hayward Williams finished writing and recording his new album, Pretenders, last October. A lot has happened, both in the world and in the life of Hayward Williams in the 13 months since. But that doesn’t make the songs on Pretenders any less relevant.

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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello opens up her notebook to give us the scoop about what's happening in schools around the greater Milwaukee area. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

The upcoming holiday means there’s a lot to prepare for – and I don’t just mean the turkey!

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With daily allegations of sexual misconduct or assault being made against men in powerful positions, there is also a growing conversation about how these men have affected women in the workforce. Women have described environments where powerful men were shielded from their accusers, while victims were often shamed and bullied into leaving their jobs.

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Every month Jean Creighton comes down to the studio from her usual haunt in the Manfred Olson Planetarium to tell us stories about the cosmos. Today we talk about color, or lack of it, in the universe:

Wisconsin could soon eliminate all clean air regulations not mandated by the federal government. On Tuesday, the Assembly Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations held a public hearing on legislation that would allow for those additional regulations to be removed. Lawmakers and the public were split over whether the change would be good for Wisconsin.

Essay: Braveheart Boy

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This Friday, Lake Effect will air a one-hour special about the proposed Foxconn factory in Racine County, recorded on site at the Prairie School in Wind Point.  Our Across the Divide broadcast, produced in association with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, examines questions about the project as it moves forward.

There are not a lot of people in the area with direct experience with the Taiwanese company.  But Milwaukee writer Dan Simmons has some indirect experience, having taught someone who went to work for Foxconn in China:

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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the United States. But your odds of dying from the disease vary greatly based on your race and ethnicity. African-American women in the United States are more likely to have aggressive forms of breast cancer - and less likely to catch the disease in an early stage.

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For all the political turmoil at home and in places like Germany, the UK, Zimbabwe, and the Middle East, the economic news - at many levels - has been generally positive in 2017.  Economies, in both developed and developing countries, have expanded in the past 11 months.

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When journalist Maziar Bahari went to his home country Iran in 2009, he had no idea what was in store for him. As protests mounted in opposition to the re-election of then President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad, Bahari was imprisoned by the Iranian Government - simply for doing his job.

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When Faiz Shakir joined the American Civil Liberties Union this past January, the organization was still preparing for the inauguration of Donald Trump. Months prior to Shakir’s arrival, the ACLU released a letter addressed to Trump, threatening to sue him if he acted on several of his campaign promises.

He did, and they did. Since his first week in office, the ACLU has been fighting the Trump Administration in court. But in conjunction with these legal battles, the ACLU has been working to build up its political arm in Washington and around the country.

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