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School Administrators Alliance Calls for More Public Education Funding and Charter Schools

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted November 25, 2014 11:41 AM
School Administrators Alliance Calls for More Public Education Funding and Charter Schools

The group, which is comprised of public school leaders from across the state, threw their support behind Superintendent Tony Evers's budget request, criticized the state's private school choice programs, and lauded charter schools as foundations of innovation within the classroom Read More »

UPDATED: State Agency Budget Requests Exceed Revenue Estimates By $2.2 Billion

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted November 21, 2014 9:03 AM
UPDATED: State Agency Budget Requests Exceed Revenue Estimates By $2.2 Billion

MacIver News Service - The Department of Administration released a report Thursday showing that if every state agency received the funds they requested for the next biennium, Wisconsin would find itself in a $2.2 billion hole by 2017. Check out the full analysis. Read More »

Mayor Tom Barrett Goes All In on Milwaukee Streetcar

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted November 19, 2014 3:31 PM
Mayor Tom Barrett Goes All In on Milwaukee Streetcar

MacIver News Service - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced on Tuesday plans to increase the size of the route for his proposed streetcar. Barrett's announcement came a day after he filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court to overturn the Public Service Commission's (PSC) decision that the city would be required to pay for moving any utility lines. Read More »

Lawsuit Aims to Allow Greater Open Enrollment Options for Special Needs Students

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted November 19, 2014 12:30 PM
Lawsuit Aims to Allow Greater Open Enrollment Options for Special Needs Students

While Wisconsin's open enrollment program services a large majority of the students and families that apply for it, there is no doubt that some families are being left behind. This WILL lawsuit alleges that picking and choosing students based on their disabilities - or lack thereof - is an unfair practice that leaves some families of exceptional students in the lurch. Read More »

Dept. of Transportation Submits Budget with $750 Million in Tax and Fee Increases

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted November 17, 2014 11:21 AM
Dept. of Transportation Submits Budget with $750 Million in Tax and Fee Increases

MacIver News Service - Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Mark Gottlieb submitted his 2015-17 budget proposal on Friday that includes more than $750 million in tax and fee increases and $1.36 billion in additional spending. Read More »

Assembly Speaker Vos Releases Bucks Arena Bonding Memo

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted November 14, 2014 1:14 PM
Assembly Speaker Vos Releases Bucks Arena Bonding Memo

MacIver News Service - Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released a memo to the public on Friday from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) on how much Wisconsin income taxes is generated from NBA players and other personnel related to the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team. The new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks are seeking to build a new arena to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Read More »

Janesville Public Schools Exceed Wisconsin Standards on State Report Cards

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted November 13, 2014 3:00 AM
Janesville Public Schools Exceed Wisconsin Standards on State Report Cards

Janesville was the top performer amongst Wisconsin's 10 largest school districts when it came to School Report Card scores in 2012-13. Thanks to an improved average score this fall, they stand to retain that title now that the 2013-14 school year has come to a close. Read More »

What's Next for K-12 Education in Wisconsin After the 2014 Elections?

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted November 12, 2014 10:59 AM
What's Next for K-12 Education in Wisconsin After the 2014 Elections?

Four previous years of Walker's policies have set the stage for his next four. A look back at the Governor's educational work shows an emphasis on K-12 educational reform. In 2011 alone, the state expanded vouchers outside of Milwaukee's city limits, introduced transparent systems for grading Wisconsin's teachers and public schools, and placed a greater emphasis on literacy in early childhood education. Read More »

The (Un)Affordable Care Act

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Matt Crumb | Posted November 11, 2014 10:16 AM
The (Un)Affordable Care Act

With a new Obamacare enrollment season starting this week, the reality is that the Affordable Care Act has been anything but affordable. A new study from the Brookings Institution shows premiums have shot up 24.4 percent over how they would have increased without Obamacare. Wisconsin joins 44 states in which health premiums have risen, and future happenings stand to further increase the financial burden for the insured and for taxpayers. Read More »

DPI Budget Request Asks for $613m Increase, Major Changes to State Funding Formula

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted November 10, 2014 2:32 PM
DPI Budget Request Asks for $613m Increase, Major Changes to State Funding Formula

Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers laid out his wish list for the state's public education systems in his 2015-17 state budget request unveiled Monday. It includes a revamped funding formula, a minimum baseline of state aid for all districts, and a $613m increase in overall spending for the next two school years. Read More »

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