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In the last several weeks, the news cycle has been filled with stories of young men - many African-American - signing letters of intent to play sports at various American colleges and universities.

A record number of veterans are heading back to school. One incentive has been the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It enhanced education benefits, starting in 2009. They now cover undergraduate tuition and provide veterans with a monthly living allowance and book stipend. To be eligible, a vet must have served on active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and not exhausted prior GI benefits.

No matter what federal or state aid former soldiers have received however, WUWM’s Erin Toner learned that some have found the transition to school difficult and even costly. Local schools are intervening.

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About 30 million Americans have “below basic” prose literacy skills. That’s according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics. People in this category might struggle to read the Harry Potter series in English, let alone get advanced job training. Meanwhile, some Wisconsin employers say they can’t fill job openings because applicants lack the necessary abilities.

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On Monday, Gov. Walker released a proposed expansion of the Wisconsin Choice or voucher program, and his plan includes the creation of a school voucher program for students with special needs. A group called Stop Special Needs Vouchers Wisconsin announced Monday that it will to fight the proposal. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, there are strong opinions on both sides, just as there have been with the state’s flagship voucher or choice program.

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A new report says Milwaukee's taxpayer-funded voucher school students are similar in exam outcomes and demographic make-up compared with their public school counterparts.

The Milwaukee-based nonpartisan Public Policy Forum's data compares the state's districts with the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program as a whole.

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  On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak meets two UWM faculty members who are collaborating on a research project that combines neuroimaging and the Alexander technique, a system that dances have used for more than 100 years. Developed in the 1890s, the Alexander technique helps make people aware of energy-wasting physical efforts, even little motions. In theory, improved awareness can help people train their bodies to move more efficiently and effectively.

Technology, especially in the form of massive open online courses (MOOCS), is transforming higher education. Chancellor Michael Lovell explains how UW-Milwaukee is responding. Lovell also discusses stabilizing UWM's enrollment, the upcoming state budget and the future of athletics.

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The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development (MCWPPD) in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has embarked on a unique program that uses actors to help train child welfare social workers. Julie Brown, director of MCWPPD, talks about the Partnership and the program with In Tandem Theatre company.

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  Host Tom Luljak talks with engineering Assistant Professor Ilya Avdeev and UWM student Jesse Depinto about the Student Startup Challenge. This program offers financial support to student teams with great product ideas. The Challenge will allow some students to graduate from UWM with both a degree and their own business.

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  Host Tom Luljak talks with engineering Assistant Professor Ilya Avdeev and UWM student Jesse Depinto about the Student Startup Challenge. This program offers financial support to student teams with great product ideas. The Challenge will allow some students to graduate from UWM with both a degree and their own business.

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  Thanks to iPhones, iPads and a host of other new technology, there has never been a time when so many tools have been available to help people stay in touch. But just because the technology is available, does not necessarily mean that families are necessarily using it.

On this edition of UWM Today, find out about the ways parents and their college students communicate and how technology fits in the picture. Host Tom Luljak talks with Associate Professor of Communications Ed Mabry and Doctoral Student in Communications Emily Cramer.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses his interaction with students of the UWM Design and Visual Communications program who have been working on entrepreneurial projects. Also, UWM remains the top Wisconsin university destination for students and the December commencement which saw more than 2200 hundred students graduate from the University.

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  During the presidential election, the issue of immigration was a huge factor influencing the votes of Hispanics. While the elections are over, one aspect of immigration rights that continues to be a concern on college campuses around the country today is the matter of undocumented students.

On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak talks with one social scientist who has focused much of her research on how universities deal with undocumented students. Susana Munoz is an assistant professor in the School of Education's Department of Administrative Leadership.

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  100 years ago a terrible storm on Lake Michigan was responsible for the sinking of the Rouse Simmons, otherwise known as the Christmas Tree Ship. The ship loaded with Christmas trees and headed south to Chicago went down off the shores of Two Rivers Wisconsin. On this edition of UWM Today, Tom Luljak discusses how students at UWM have tried to capture the emotion and impact of the sinking of the Rouse Simmons with Lee Ann Garrison and Corbett Toomsen of the Peck School of the Arts.

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  For a parent, one of the most amazing milestones to occur in their child's development is the ability to speak. It is an aspect of the human condition that continues to intrigue researchers around the world... especially those looking at some of the problems that can occur in language development. At UW-Milwaukee, a team of scientists are studying the large number of infants and toddlers who are in childcare centers when they begin to talk. On this edition of UWM Today, we meet Paula Rhyner, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences.

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