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9:35 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Realistic Battle Simulation Takes Aim at Wisconsin

An iCombat player finds a target.
Credit Photos courtesy of iCombat, Predator Games

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Andy Rasico, a product manager for Predator Games

In the midst of gun debates around the country, a company called Predator Games plans to create an elaborate laser tag facility in southeast Wisconsin.

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Veterans
3:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Veterans Flocking to Higher Education, But Some Face Obstacles

Army veteran Tom Voss is back at UWM after dropping out of college twice since leaving the military.

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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Education
10:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Pre-College Programs Tackles Low Literacy to Fill Job Skills Gap

A pre-college program instructor at MATC.
Credit MATC

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Dean Gloria Pitchford-Nicholas, the head of the School of Pre-college Education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Amanda Ritchey, the director of Mount Mary College's College in the Community.

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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Education
8:43 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Group Prepares to Fight Special Needs Vouchers

Newly formed group expects the issue to resurface, and it has, in Gov. Walker's budget.
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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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Education
2:44 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Report: Choice Schools Perform at Same Level as MPS

Should we be spending more on publicly-funded voucher school students?
Credit LizMarie, via Flickr

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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