Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

The latest Wigderson at Watchdog stories

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Catching up on the week’s action, here are the most recent stories I did for Watchdog.org. You can always follow the latest articles by me, regardless of where they appeared, at my Facebook author page. Looking ahead to Monday, already loaded in the queue, is an article on a new report by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty including an interview with one of the authors.

This week I reported on the trend in school referendums, the future of the UW System tuition freeze, action by the Milwaukee Common Council to sell unused school buildings, and the latest in the John McAdams story.

Taxing trend: Wisconsinites voting to raise own taxes to pay for schools

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  Education, News, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  7 Comments

Shutterstock ImageWhile the spring election in Wisconsin produced national headlines because of the victories by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary, Wisconsin voters were simultaneously voting to raise their property taxes $630 million to spend on schools. In an interview, Chris Rochester, communications director for the John K. MacIver Institute […]

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Walker says tuition freeze or reduction still on the table

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Education, News, State Budgets, Wisconsin  /  2 Comments

UPWARD AND ONWARD: Fort Hays State University joins the University of Kansas in having raised tuition every year for the last three decades.Gov. Scott Walker said a tuition freeze or even a reduction might be in the next state budget for University of Wisconsin System students, contradicting an assessment earlier in the week from UWM Chancellor Mark Mone. “Those are all things that are certainly on the table,” Walker told Watchdog. On Monday, Mone said he expects tuition […]

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Milwaukee council says private, charter schools can buy unused school property

By   /  April 19, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  10 Comments

Photo provided by Wisconsin Institute for Law & LibertyThe Milwaukee Common Council on Friday voted 14-0 to accept the recommendation of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development committee to accept five charter and private schools as education operators. This clears the way for the city to begin negotiating “a fair price” under state law for the sale of unused Milwaukee Public Schools properties to […]

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At Marquette, it’s ‘speak at your own risk’

By   /  April 15, 2016  /  Education, Free Speech, News, Wisconsin  /  6 Comments

SurveillanceIn an academic freedom case likely headed to court, the attorney for professor John McAdams called the latest response from Marquette University “disingenuous” and cautioned that the case shows, “at Marquette, you apparently speak at your own risk.” Rick Esenberg, president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which represents McAdams, emailed Watchdog.org the […]

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