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Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association

By several key measures, Wisconsin’s black-white disparities in education are the highest in the country. Last year, the state Department of Public Instruction crafted a plan to cut the achievement gap in half. It’s a plan that was required under federal education policy.

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How many times have you been to the gym and seen people shaking those plastic blender bottles with some sort of colored concoction inside? Many people, and certainly many companies that make them, like to think that having a pre-workout, post-workout, or protein supplement shake will help you become healthier or simply more athletic.

However, Nicole Kerneen, a certified sports science dietitian for Froedert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center, suggests you put that shaker bottle down.

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Lake Effect essayist Jim Spangler has been thinking about education - specifically whether colleges and universities are places that teach critical thinking skills: 

“Don’t bring up politics when you are at our house for Christmas,” my daughter warned me. And I didn’t, and neither did anyone else, most likely having been also warned. That way there was no chance of a Christmas-ruining argument over, what else, but the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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While the online retail giant Amazon hasn't announced where it will locate its HQ2, its second headquarters; the company has announced a winnowed-down list. And the list didn't include anywhere in the Badger State. 

Shizuka Takemura

Thursday through Sunday, UWM’s Dance Department presents its annual Winterdances concert at the Kenilworth East building on Milwaukee's east side. These performances are often topical, reflecting the interests and concerns of both the dance faculty and their students.

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Milwaukee’s dining scene is vibrant enough that it’s tempting to always seek out the new, hot establishments.  And while new can be great, Lake Effect contributor and Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek says not to forget our dining heritage.

"I'm not saying don't go to the new places, because we need that energy, they're beloved, people are working very hard," he says. "But when you're thinking about 'Where should we go?,' for many people it's being a tourist in your own town."

Maayan Silver

Gospel: it’s music to wake up to. Music that gets you off your seat. Music that makes you want to raise your arms and cheer with elation.

Cherice Love, Jaquan “Quan” Clark and Shawn Winston are no strangers to the joy that gospel brings. They are part of a quartet called Spiritual Tones, representing Milwaukee's next generation of gospel singers and will be performing at the 5th Annual Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee on Friday night.

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President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, a little more than a year after he took office.  The President sought to give himself and his Administration credit for the improving US economy, and the tax overhaul passed in the last year.

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Colson Whitehead has won just about every literary accolade there is for The Underground Railroad: The Pulitzer prize, the Carnegie Medal, and the National Book Award are but three. The book is also a New York Times best seller and it’s being translated into 40 languages.

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Long hours at the office can put a real stress on any relationship, especially marriage. But how does the relationship dynamic change when a couple puts in long hours in the same job - or in the case of contributor Dave Kozlowski and and his wife Sandy Raduenz - the same field?

Kozlowski and Raduenz own and operate the organic produce farm Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek. Neither of them were born into farming, but instead decided to pursue the physically demanding and rewarding profession together in their 40s.

Black Women in Milwaukee Say ‘Me Too’

Jan 30, 2018
Elizabeth Baker

Although much of the focus of #MeToo movement has been on high-profile perpetrators and victims, WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's event Across the Divide: From #MeToo to What Now?, discussed what sexual harassment can mean to those without a platform.

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While the days are getting longer, many us have a case of the "January Blues."  While there are folks excited about that next snowfall, there are just as many (if not more) ready to hop on a plane to somewhere warmer. With just under a week until Groundhog Day, we're wondering: Will we have another six weeks of winter? Whether you want that answer to be yes or no, we have a story that should hit the spot.

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Milwaukee is known as the "City of Neighborhoods," and each neighborhood is filled with a lot of old houses.  With so many homeowners, there are most likely more than a few who would recognize a distinctive truck and trailer that travels the country to help fix some vexing home problems.

Tom Bamberger

Tom Bamberger is not shy. The award-winning photographer and architecture critic is known for his acerbic take on the shortcomings of Milwaukee’s architecture and public spaces. But Bamberger has a soft spot for the new Northwestern Mutual Tower and his affinity extends to the plaza in front of the building

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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello scans through her notes and brings us the scoop on the news out of area schools. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

By now, semester exams have ended for Wisconsin students – which means it’s time for the second semester, and another education news quiz!

This week, we’re sticking to local stories from around the greater Milwaukee metro area.

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