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The state Senate voted Friday night to approve the state budget, the final hurdle before the document is ready for Gov. Scott Walker's signature

Bill would make juvenile correctional officers report child abuse

The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make correctional officers in juvenile prisons mandatory reporters for child abuse and neglect. The legislation was prompted by a lengthy investigation into allegations of systemic problems at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools, youth prisons for boys and girls, respectively, run by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.


Milwaukee charter schools performed better than public schools on ACT, report shows

A report published Wednesday by the libertarian Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty found that charter schools in the Milwaukee area outperformed their public counterparts. The study specifically compared 2016 ACT and Forward Exam – the successor to the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam – scores and controlled for different factors in student populations such as poverty levels, race and number of non-native English speakers. “This matters for parents. It’s not about building one sector up or tearing another down,” said the author of the report, Will Flanders.

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