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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 »

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 »

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 »

Cheesemaker Charged With Skimming $20K From Dairy Farmers

Gavel and books on a desk
A Wood County cheesemaker is charged with defrauding 83 dairy farmers of more than $20,000. Michael J. Moran of Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Co. faces up to 10 years in prison. Read more »

At Critical Point In Season, Badgers Make Headlines Off The Court

Guard Kobe King celebrates during a Badgers basketball game
The Wisconsin Badgers will take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday in Madison. Halfway through conference play, the Spartans lead the Big Ten. Meanwhile, the Badgers have been in the news this week for off-the-court issues. Read more »
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