Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College.
Starting at adolescence, kids start looking at popular icons for inspiration. They want to grow up; they want to have independence and control. One popular way, especially among boys, is by forming garage bands. Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College and the author of Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock, delved into the garage bands that made so much noise in Milwaukee.
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.
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.
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.
Wisconsinites would like to see the state spend money from its projected budget surplus on education and Medicaid, according to the results of a new poll released today.
The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard poll, conducted by UWM’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, asked 621 residents across the state how they would prioritize spending. Forty percent of respondents said education should be the top priority, while thirty-three percent said additional Medicaid funding should be the most important. An additional sixteen percent said income tax cuts should be at the top of the list, while ten percent thought it was most important to cover shortfalls in the transportation fund.
Controversy continues churning in Wisconsin over a potential mining operation in the far north.Advocates say the venture promises much-needed jobs; opponents fear irreparable damage to pristine waterways and wetlands.Last month, Republican lawmakers pushed a strongly debated bill through the Assembly. A Senate Select Committee could unveil its version as early as today.