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Wisconsin lawmakers, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank debate contentious issue of university funding

State lawmakers and University of Wisconsin System administrators came together Thursday at an event meant to repair strained relationships following last April's discovery of the system's $650 million in reserves. The administrators and lawmakers speaking at the event -- optimistically named "Finding Common Ground" -- largely agreed that more communication and financial transparency is needed between the UW System and the Capitol. >More
 Soglin's 2014 capital budget includes $600,000 to remodel city offices

Did Mayor Paul Soglin sneak $300,000 into next year's capital budget for a fancy upgrade to his office? That rumor made its way to Isthmus this week, prompting speculation that Hizzoner was preparing to deck out his office with plush carpeting, a gold-plated desk, a full bar and hot-tub. Not quite. >More
 Urban League of Greater Madison is a no-show at local March on Washington commemoration

It was posed as a question but meant to challenge. "As the most active civil rights organization in our region, I am curious to know why we are playing no role in this event when [former executive director of the National Urban League] Whitney Young Jr. was one of the six organizers of the March on Washington, and wrote Lyndon B. Johnson's social programs," Kaleem Caire, CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, wrote in an email. >More
 Can anyone talk faster than Ron Johnson?

If this Senate thing doesn't work out, Ron Johnson has a future as an auctioneer. In two recent appearances in Madison, the Republican U.S. senator delivered a rapid-fire PowerPoint recitation on what he sees as the dire fiscal state of the nation -- no notes, rarely a pause for breath. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol arrest videos could be key evidence in final charging decision of Damon Terrell

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has until Sept. 12 to determine the charges against Damon P. Terrell, whose violent arrest by Capitol police on Aug. 26 was videotaped by numerous observers and protesters. Among the charges recommended by the Department of Administration were felony battery to a police officer and resisting arrest, but Ozanne said at an initial appearance Aug. 29 that more time was needed to determine the appropriate charges. >More
 Judge Doyle Square gets boost in Soglin's 2014 capital budget, but other projects delayed

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin released the capital portion of his 2014 budget proposal Tuesday, slowing down progress on some projects, but moving ahead on what he says "could be the largest public project we ever do as a city" -- Judge Doyle Square. >More
 Wisconsin citizens, media press reluctant Republicans on redistricting

A remarkable advocacy campaign is happening in Wisconsin, involving media outlets, nonprofit groups and engaged citizens. They want to change -- or at least discuss -- how the state redraws voter boundaries. >More
 Surgical abortions increase in Wisconsin after Legislature puts restrictions on medication option

Despite an overall decline in abortions by Wisconsin women in 2012, the number of surgical abortions rose by 8% last year -- the first increase since the state started tracking abortion methods in 1998, records show. Planned Parenthood officials say the rise in surgical abortions is a result of legal concerns over a state law that prompted them to stop providing medication-induced abortions for most of last year. >More
 Wisconsin school districts try out competing systems for evaluating teachers

School districts in Wisconsin, faced with a new mandate to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers and other educators, must make a choice. They can use an assessment model developed by the state Department of Public Instruction, or an alternative. Currently, the only districts with an approved alternative are using a model offered by an educational service agency known as CESA 6. >More
 Wisconsin school districts choose between DPI and CESA 6 educator evaluation programs

Most of the Wisconsin's school districts have already decided which of two approved models they intend to use to evaluate the performance of teachers and other educators in the coming school year. >More
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