While Wisconsin debates whether districts should administer the Smarter Balance Test, some voices insist schools are over-testing students.

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Many of us have an idea in the back of our heads that one of these days we will leave the rat race behind and learn to live off the land a bit more. Grow our own food, or perhaps live off the electric grid, maybe even make our own cloth. Kind of like how our great grandparents lived – but with better plumbing.

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Chancellor Mark Mone says UWM has absorbed 12 years' worth of cuts and is operating as one of the leanest research universities in the country.

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Both Republicans and Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature have drafted measures aimed at reforming education in Wisconsin.

WI GOP Leaders Set to Take Up Education Reforms

Jan 6, 2015
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Monday was inauguration day, not only for Gov. Walker, but also for Wisconsin’s Legislature. Some Republican members are anxious to get to work on education policy.

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Among the issues before the state legislature in the coming session will be potential expansion of school choice programs to other parts of the state. 

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Topics range from enacting Common Core state standards to hiring good teachers.

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If passed, the ramifications of a proposed bill that would change how we pay for and govern the state’s area technical schools.

The atmosphere of school choice in Wisconsin is the subject of study by people on many sides of the education reform debate in this country.  

Essay: Reflection on 50th High School Reunion

Aug 1, 2014
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[Originally aired in August 2011]

About 30 years ago, when my father’s class from Milwaukee’s old North Division High School got together for their 50th reunion, they enjoyed it so much they decided to keep on meeting annually. They elected my dad their class president, a post he held for many years until his advancing Parkinson’s kept him from attending the annual get-togethers.  Every year he would prepare a speech that was really an essay, looking backward over the decades, and memorializing those who had died in the intervening months.