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5:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Critics of Common Core Standards Voice Concerns

Critics of common core standards say changes are needed

Forty-five states including Wisconsin have adopted what’s known as common core standards.  They’re federal criteria outlining what students should learn in math and English at specified grade levels and how it should be taught.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Assemblyman Backs Away from Plan to Withdraw Funding for Indian Cultural Center

Earlier this spring, state Rep. Dean Kaufert said he wanted to withhold a state grant -- earmarked for a cultural center -- from the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa tribe, because the state’s Chippewa bands planned to increase their spearfishing take.

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Education
2:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

What Parents Want in Afterschool Programs

A new report details what parents look for in afterschool programs for their kids.
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A new report says convenience trumps quality for parents when it comes to picking an afterschool program.

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12:47 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Student Debt from 4-Year Colleges in Wisconsin Among Highest in the Nation

Wisconsin ranked 16th in the nation for highest average debt among students who graduated from a 4-year college in 2011, according to a study released by the Institute for College Access and Success.
According to a new report, the burden of student debt shouldered by students of four-year colleges in Wisconsin is among the highest in the nation. In the study of both public and private universities, Wisconsin ranked 16th in average student debt, $26,238, and 10th in the proportion of students graduating with outstanding loans, 67%.
Politics & Government
11:52 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Committee Approves Work Rules for Food Benefits

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The Legislature's budget committee has concurred with Gov. Walker, to require able-bodied adults to either work or attend job training sessions, in order to receive food share benefits.

The requirement would pertain to adults with no children and with incomes up to 200% of the poverty level (approx. $23,000 per individual), and demand 20 hours per week of working or training.

Those who don't meet the requirement, could only receive food 'stamps' for three months every three years.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Essay: Here Comes Hammock Season

The humble hammock swings in the summer season.
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The humble hammock, harbinger of summertime, has a long history.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Finding the Poetry in Pong and Pac-Man

Poetry inspired by the video games of the '80s
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If you’re a listener of a certain age, you probably recognize the title of poet B.J. Best’s new collection of prose poetry called But Our Princess is in Another Castle.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Milwaukee Common Council Approves Pension Changes

The minimum service retirement age for new City of Milwaukee employees will be pushed back to 65 from its current age of 60 under pension changes approved by the Common Council.

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Economy & Business
7:57 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Milwaukee Wave Stays Put

The U.S. Cellular Arena will be the Milwaukee Wave's home field for the next two years.

The Milwaukee Wave, the longest running soccer franchise in North America, will play home games at the U.S. Cellular Arena for the next two years.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Joint Finance Approves Governor's Property Sales Proposal

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Gov. Scott Walker got much of what he wanted Tuesday from the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee. It agreed to give the governor power to sell or lease state property, and without a competitive bidding process.

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