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February 3, 2020

UW System Joining Growing Movement To Reform Entry-Level Math Classes

Students and professor in math class
University of Wisconsin System campuses have been reforming how remedial and entry-level college math are taught in hopes of breaking down what one administrator calls "the most significant barrier to degree completion."  Read more »

Federal Farm Aid Boosts Personal Income Growth In Wisconsin, Other Farm States

Farms in winter
Agricultural economists say federal farm aid helped boost farm income in 2019. But labor needs continue to be the driving force behind improvements in residents' personal income. Read more »

Police Fatally Shoot 17-Year-Old Male Following Wauwatosa Mall Disturbance

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One person who allegedly had a handgun and was running from police after a disturbance at a Wauwatosa mall was shot by an officer and killed. Read more »

Blair Cruikshank, Bonnie Blair's Daughter, Skates In International Race At Pettit Center

Blair Cruikshank waves to camera
The Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee hosted some of the world's top speedskaters this past weekend. Blair Cruikshank, a Wisconsin athlete with an impressive pedigree, said it was exciting to compete on her home ice. Read more »

UW-La Crosse Defends Handling Of Harassment Allegations, Acknowledges Need For Communication

Students on the UW-La Crosse campus.
A UW-La Crosse student called the university system "broken" for failing to take punitive action against her harasser. But a university official continues to defend their investigation. Read more »

Madison Lawmaker Says It's 'When Not If' Regarding Marijuana Legalization

Panelists discuss medical marijuana
A Madison Democratic legislator who has been pushing to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin for seven years said Monday the only place the issue continues to be partisan and divisive is in the state Capitol. State Rep. Melissa Sargent said behind closed doors, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agree medicinal marijuana will be legal in the state. Read more »

Report: Wisconsin ACT Test Scores Have Declined Since 2014

computer-based practice ACT English test
A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum shows that Wisconsin high school students' ACT test scores have declined since the 2014-2015 school year. The analysis also highlights large achievement gaps among English, math, reading and science scores between black and white students.  Read more »

Wisconsin Special Olympian Wins X Games Gold

Wisconsin Special Olympian Daina Shilts celebrates her gold medal win at the X Games
Neillsville snowboarder Daina Shilts competed at six X Games before winning her first gold medal this month. Her long list of accomplishments includes an honorary ESPY and becoming the first woman with an intellectual disability to serve as an ESPN correspondent.  Read more »
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