Tony evers

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13 years after disproven confession, Dassey must be freed

Published May 2, 2020

Thirteen years ago this week, Manitowoc special education student Brendan Dassey was convicted of participating in the murder of Teresa Halbach based on a confession now widely acknowledged to be false. Brendan was 16-years-old and in the tenth grade when he gave that confession; today, he's 30. And he remains behind bars, serving a life term.

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Governor declares Thursday "Working Moms Day"

Published March 10, 2020

Governor Tony Evers and Working Moms of Milwaukee proclaimed that Thursday, March 12 is "Working Moms Day" and will be a new annual celebration from this year forward.

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Discovery World names John Emmerich interim president

Published Dec. 19, 2018

Discovery World, Wisconsin's largest science and technology center, announced today that, in light of President and CEO Joel Brennan's appointment as the new Wisconsin Secretary of the Department of Administration under Governor-elect Tony Evers, John Emmerich will be leading the organization on an interim basis, effective Jan. 7.

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Herb Kohl salutes teachers with another massive DonorsChoose gift

Published May 8, 2017

Herb Kohl Philanthropies - which funded educators' crowdsourcing campaigns last fall - is celebrating the work of educators this Teacher Appreciation Week by anteing up another $500,000 to match donations made to Wisconsin teachers' Donors Choose campaigns.

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Spring elections are important, too.

Published April 2, 2013

Voter turn-out will likely be smaller than usual because there aren't a lot of "sexy" races today. No candidates for governor, mayor or county executive to elect. Most city aldermen aren't running either.

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Why vote in state schools superintendent race?

Published March 28, 2013

This is kind of a classic race. The incumbent is Dr. Tony Evers, a veteran educator with a decades-long file of experience. He's being challenged by Don Pridemore, a right-wing lawmaker from Hartford who has no meaningful education experience and has made a name for himself by saying single parenthood is the leading cause of child abuse.

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Milwaukee must "Get Smarter"

Published Sept. 21, 2011

BizTimes is taking the editorial stance that a smarter Milwaukee will be a better Milwaukee, and a better Milwaukee will be best-positioned to compete in a global economy in the 21st century.

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An edgy day for public school supporters

Published May 26, 2011

Beginning at 11 a.m. today in Madison, the Joint Committee on Finance goes into executive session on a number of items, but two of special interest to Milwaukee public school parents, students, employees and supporters.

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Talking to the test

Published May 24, 2011

If our tests stink, why aren't we making them better? I tweeted that a few hours ago. So, you know I received today's statement from the Dept. of Public Instruction with interest.

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School funding panel: "The public is done listening"

Published Sept. 30, 2010

If the current system for funding Wisconsin public schools does not change, the gap between rich and poor school districts will grow. That was the consensus among panelists Thursday afternoon at the "4th Street Forum" discussion, moderated by Denise Callaway, titled, "Political Dynamite: Paying for Wisconsin's Schools."