Is School Voucher Expansion in Wisconsin a Good Value for the Money?

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 5:56 pm

Most children applying to the Wisconsin’s expanded school voucher program already attend private schools without the help of taxpayer dollars, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin is spending $10.5 million over the next two years to expand school vouchers statewide.

 

Silencing Debate on Women’s Lives: It’s Happening in Wisconsin, Too, and the Catholic Church Is an Accomplice

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 3:40 pm

Teaching children to understand and cope with bullies is essential, but bullying isn’t limited to elementary school. Bullying may not be physical or direct. It is persistent, intimidating, and it flourishes when victims and witnesses are afraid to speak up or speak out. It is time to identify reproductive coercion for what it is and call the bullies what they are.

Wisconsin’s Diversion of Funding for Low-Income Families Is Based on Faulty Assumptions

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 2:50 pm

When legislators take floor votes this week, they will decide whether and how much to cut spending for the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program, which aids unemployed low-income families, and whether they divert the savings to use for things like tax cuts for the wealthy. The arguments that state budget writers have used to support a W-2 cut are running up against some very inconvenient facts that contradict the Joint Finance Committee’s assumptions.

Late Night: On Wisconsin Journalism

By: Monday June 10, 2013 8:00 pm

So the Wisconsin state legislature last week decided to pick a fight with a small nonprofit journalism operation, because book learning is for liberals, and because they could. The University, which houses the center in exchange for paid internship experience for students, has to its credit given no fucks at all in responding to the attack.

Will Ideology Trump Math? Medicaid Decision Poses Conundrum for Conservative Legislators in Wisconsin

By: Friday May 31, 2013 3:20 pm

Conservative members of Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) who support the Governor’s BadgerCare changes are in a tough spot. On the one hand, they don’t want to add funding to the budget, and would like to free up as much funding as possible for income tax cuts. On the other hand, they don’t want to take the enhanced Medicaid financing from the Affordable Care Act

A Troubling Trend Continues: A Growing Share of Wisconsin Schoolchildren Are Low-Income

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 7:05 pm

The number of Wisconsin children who are from low-income families has climbed for the ninth straight year, according to a new report from the state’s Department of Public Instruction.

Public Television Cowers Before Koch Brothers

By: Monday May 20, 2013 8:30 am

Not even a week after Buzzfeed’s relationship with the Koch Brothers is exposed do we learn that a near civil war erupted in public television over documentaries that focused on Charles and David Koch. In an expose written by Jane Mayer of the New Yorker it is revealed that two public television affiliated documentaries prominently featuring the Koch family came under pressure to be censored and edited due to fear that Charles and David Koch, major donors to public media, would withdraw support.

Wisconsin “Pay for Performance” Plan Shorts Low-Income, Urban Students

By: Friday May 17, 2013 6:40 pm

In his proposed budget, Governor Walker recommends setting aside a portion of education funding to distribute to schools based on their performance. While this proposal might sound attractive on the surface, it will result in significant funding increases for schools with few low-income students, disabled students, or English language learners. Schools with larger percentages of those students would be allocated a much smaller share of funding.

Wisconsin Legislature Slams University for Budget Reserve, Yet State’s Own Reserves are Minimal

By: Monday May 6, 2013 2:20 pm

Budget reserves have been in the news recently, with the legislature sharply rebuking the University of Wisconsin System for maintaining a sizable reserve. The irony is that the state itself has a fiscal cushion that is far too small, according to a new analysis from the Wisconsin Budget Project.

Going, Going, Gone – How the Wisconsin Budget Shortchanges Low-Income Families

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 10:20 am

Several important aspects of the budget bill’s funding for public assistance programs have received little or no attention.

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