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Bad Advice Began Special Election Date Drama

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 06:00
Emails between WEC and the Evers' Administration highlight two options for the 7th Congressional District special election, but one was illegal and the other was a nonstarter for the governor. WEC's top lawyer apparently had forgotten about federal election law and Evers' political calculus.  Read More Bad Advice Began Special Election Date Drama

The Nation’s Report Card 2019: Stagnation In General And Widening Of Achievement Gap Continues

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 21:13
In Wisconsin, 45 percent of students were at or above proficient in math, not significantly different than 2017’s proficiency rate of 43 percent. In reading, 36 percent of students were proficient, not significantly different than 2017’s rate of 35 percent.   Read More The Nation’s Report Card 2019: Stagnation In General And Widening Of Achievement Gap Continues

MPS Board Resolutions Reflect Union Priorities: Staffing over Students

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 13:09
Nov. 5, 2019 By Ola Lisowski At Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), the state’s largest school district, 16 percent of students are proficient in math. Just 9.4 percent of black students—the majority of MPS students—are proficient in math. To say the district should be in a full-on crisis mode is an understatement.  So what is the …

Ruthless Driving

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 09:07
Dan O’Donnell tackles the reckless driving crisis in Milwaukee that has killed two young children and injured three others in the past two weeks alone.  Read More Ruthless Driving

MacIver News Minute: Sun Sets on Miller Park Tax

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 23:47
Few would have thought it possible - Democrats and Republicans agree it's time to end a tax. Will the special interests let them do it?  Read More MacIver News Minute: Sun Sets on Miller Park Tax

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast – Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt On Wisconsin’s Education Crisis

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 23:23
This week we welcome in State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, chair of the Assembly Education Committee, to the MacIver Newsmakers Podcast. We talk all things education - proficiency scores, the achievement gap, his plans to fix education in Wisconsin and his recent meeting with DPI Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor.   Read More MacIver Newsmakers Podcast – Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt On Wisconsin’s Education Crisis

Is The City Of Superior About To Repeat Madison’s Costly Broadband Boondoggle?

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 12:36
Why is the City of Superior pursuing a costly and unnecessary government-owned broadband network? Superior property taxpayers deserve an answer.  Read More Is The City Of Superior About To Repeat Madison’s Costly Broadband Boondoggle?

Let the Sun Go Down on the Miller Park Sales Tax

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 23:00
Special Guest Perspective By Sen. Dale Kooyenga - Although getting rid of a tax can be like rolling a boulder up a hill, we finally have the opportunity to let the sun go down on the Miller Park tax. In the Legislature we have been rolling boulders up hills for nearly ten years on behalf of taxpayers, repealing a number of taxes in recent years thanks to the focus we have placed on lowering the tax burden for Wisconsinites.  Read More Let the Sun Go Down on the Miller Park Sales Tax

Climate Activists Hijacking 2021 Building Codes

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 06:54
Video - Climate Activists are trying to enact the Paris Climate Accord in the US by hijacking the 2021 building codes. Updates could push up climate activists’ goal of requiring all new homes to consume no energy from 2030 to now.  Read More Climate Activists Hijacking 2021 Building Codes

Misappropriation

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 00:32
Just in time for Halloween, Dan O’Donnell fights back against claims of cultural appropriation in both costumes and team nicknames.  Read More Misappropriation

MacIver News Minute: Politifact Attacks Messenger of State’s K12 Crisis

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 09:24
Almost 60 percent of public school students in Wisconsin are not proficient in math or reading. Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt sounded the alarm saying the "vast majority" of students are not proficient. Politifact bypassed the crisis to go after Thiesfeldt's call to action.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Politifact Attacks Messenger of State’s K12 Crisis

MacIver Newsmakers: Writing a New Building Code for the Whole World

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 09:02
Right now a group called the International Code Council is writing the new 2021 codes at its national convention. Those codes will be implemented worldwide. ICC's Senior Vice President of Tech Services, Mike Pfeiffer, explains who comes up with the code and how it becomes legal regulation.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Writing a New Building Code for the Whole World

The Sad State of Politifact’s Lying About Student Achievement

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 00:00
Sorry, Politifact, The Majority Of Wisconsin Students Are Performing Below Grade Level. Just Look At DPI's Own Data  Read More The Sad State of Politifact’s Lying About Student Achievement

MacIver News Minute: Special Session Gun Grab

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 11:55
Oct. 24, 2019 Gov. Evers called a special session of the legislature to address red flag gun laws. Even though those laws would be unconstitutional because they would violate a person’s right to due process under the law, the governor wants to get Republicans on the record opposing them. It’s a game of political brinksmanship …

Bull Session

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 05:37
Dan O’Donnell sees right through Governor Evers’ call for a special session on gun control. He doesn’t want bills passed; he wants Republicans punished.  Read More Bull Session

No Limit To School Spending Under Bi-Partisan Bill

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 00:41
By Bill Osmulski - A group of 12 Republican and 2 Democrat state lawmakers plan to bring back the Energy Efficiency Exemption (EEE), which existed from 2009 to 2018. That program allowed districts to disregard their revenue limits for “green” projects. School districts and the Department of Public Instruction applied a very broad interpretation of what qualified.  Read More No Limit To School Spending Under Bi-Partisan Bill

Average K-12 Public School Administrator In Wisconsin Earned $129,563 In 2018

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 01:10
By Ola Lisowski - 44% of administrators earned more than six figures in salary alone, an increase from last year.  Read More Average K-12 Public School Administrator In Wisconsin Earned $129,563 In 2018

Milwaukee’s Caporegime

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 07:26
By Dan O'Donnell - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is sounding an awful lot like The Godfather’s Tom Hagen these days as he tries to pressure both the State Legislature and Milwaukee County voters to approve a sales tax increase next spring.  Read More Milwaukee’s Caporegime

Our Wisconsin: The Education Crisis

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 00:21
Spotlight: Milwaukee Public Schools - With Just 19% Of MPS Students Proficient In Math And 16.5% In English Language Arts, What Changes Will The District Make To Improve Student Achievement? Where Is The Outrage?  Read More Our Wisconsin: The Education Crisis

MacIver News Minute: Land of Risky Bonds

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 09:16
October 10, 2019 Wisconsin is making national headlines for its Public Finance Authority (PFA), which is responsible for 10 percent of all municipal bond defaults so far this year. The PFA is sells bonds to investors and lends that money to private organizations with risky projects. Those private organizations are ultimately responsible for paying back …

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