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The takeover of Wisconsin's public schools

Proposed legislation punishes "failing" schools (read, schools that serve low-income kids) by turning them over to private entities that can make a profit by siphoning off public funds. >More
 Coming to grips with racial disparities in Madison

Over the last year, thanks to the Race to Equity project, Madisonians have been coming to grips with the fact that we blithely inhabit one of the worst cities in the nation for African Americans. >More
 Welcome to Wississippi, the right-to-work state

Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" back in 2011 with Act 10, which did away with most public employees' collective bargaining rights. Now the Republican leadership in our state Legislature is gearing up to throw a Molotov cocktail at all Wisconsin workers. Making Wisconsin a "right to work" state is at the top of the Republicans' agenda, according to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). >More
 Wisconsin now leads the attack on workers and the poor

In January, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson takes charge of the federal workforce as head of the Senate's Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. One more reason for Russ Feingold, who is rumored to be considering a run for his old Senate seat, to come back from Africa. >More
 In Wisconsin, Republican attacks on university research go back a century

Wisconsin Republicans are triumphant about winning their biggest majorities in the state Legislature since the 1950s. And they seem determined to use their new power to drag the whole state back to that bygone era. >More
 Scott Walker's victory reflects the fault lines of our national politics

The Republican sweep in Wisconsin and across the nation propels us into a new era of right-wing triumphalism. Scott Walker's presidential campaign starts now. >More
 David Blaska to Madison schools: Get off my lawn!

Right-wing blogger and professional cranky old man David Blaska has filed suit against the school board, the school district and the Madison teachers union for wasting his tax dollars by signing an employment contract. >More
 After the Wisconsin voter ID ruling, progressives try to reclaim politics for ordinary people

More than 3,000 people showed up in Baraboo for Fighting Bob Fest last weekend to hear progressive Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), candidates Susan Happ and Mary Burke, and a big roster of speakers, thinkers, organizers and rabble-rousers from around the country. >More
 The voter ID mess in Wisconsin

How low can the Wisconsin Supreme Court go? It's a serious limbo competition. But the court's voter ID decision two weeks ago is right down there. >More
 Scott Walker's desperate attacks on Mary Burke

Things have been getting worse and worse for Gov. Scott Walker. The last two Marquette polls have showed him neck-and-neck with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, whose campaign strategy " essentially getting out of the way as her opponent is buried in bad news " looks more like it's working every day. >More
 Confessions of a co-sleeper

I was driving my daughter to camp last weekend when she asked me something that had clearly been bothering her: "Is it dangerous to sleep with your baby?" It was a loaded question, since she knows she and her sisters each slept in bed with me and my husband until they were six to eight months old, an experience that remains among the very sweetest of my life. >More
 The opportunity gap in public schools

Like a lot of harried parents, I felt besieged by the usual round of end-of-year field trips and awards ceremonies last week. First-graders don't really care that you have an intense week at work. They want to know if you are coming to the zoo. And what kind of a parent doesn't attend the all-school talent show at 2 p.m. on the last day? Parents who have no flexibility in their jobs, that's who. >More
 Billionaires warn Scott Walker over John Doe settlement

No sooner had Mary Burke pulled even with Scott Walker in the polls than the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity dumped another $900,000 into a major TV ad buy in Wisconsin. The point of the new ads is to tell Wisconsinites that we are doing much better than we think we are. >More
 The student debt issue could decide the 2014 election

Watching all those happy Badgers in caps and gowns snapping selfies around Madison last weekend, you'd never guess they were buried under a debt load that now amounts to a heaping $1.2 trillion. Debt cast such a dark shadow over commencement ceremonies this year, it's hard to fathom what a different world today's college graduates are entering from the one we lived in not so long ago. >More
 Wisconsin's poor kids suffer most under the school privatization model

The Economic Policy Institute released a shocking report last week, detailing how the national charter school company Rocketship makes its money by shortchanging Milwaukee's poor kids. "Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education Than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin" documents the effects of both for-profit and nonprofit charter schools that are taking over struggling public schools. >More
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