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Our Views: Janesville School Board should stay course on merit pay

As the Janesville School Board prepares to revisit its pay-for-performance system, we hope board members plan to continue strengthening the link between teacher effectiveness and pay.

To dilute the policy would be a step backward for teachers...

Our Views: Oversight of UW projects needs reform

Gov. Scott Walker's administration prides itself on cutting bureaucracy when it impedes private sector development. Why not consider doing the same for the UW System?

UW-Whitewater officials waited months for Walker to approve plans to build a...

Other Views: DVDs can’t replace teachers

Recently, Sen. Ron Johnson suggested students would be better off with a good DVD in every classroom rather than a good teacher.

He suggested that instead of having history teachers, schools should merely pop in a copy of Ken Burns' Civil War...

Our Views: Thumbs up/down for Aug. 29

Thumbs up to losing weight with “Pokemon Go.” After seven weeks of bopping around town in search of “Pokemon Go” characters, some people report feeling healthier and losing weight. “I definitely watched...

Our Views: 'Uberification' is here to stay; don't fight it
Walworth County's ban on the short-term rental of single-family homes is destined to disappoint property owners and neighbors alike.
Our Views: REDI is no ordinary jobs program

One of the keys to improving the lives of people with disabilities is offering them meaningful work. This might sound like a routine objective, but it's not in the context of our nation's legacy of poor treatment toward this community....

Our Views: Public education's grade-level system needs more scrutiny

A new study of Wisconsin test scores confirms what a lot of parents already realize about their children's education—it's not challenging enough.

The John Hopkins Institute for Education study, whose authors include UW-Whitewater...

Our Views: On Janesville's winding path to prosperity

Three developments over the past week reveal Janesville is caught in the crosswinds of economic recovery and stagnation.

Time will tell whether city and business leaders are savvy enough to navigate the competing forces, but at least the city...

Our Views: Thumbs up/down for Aug. 22

Thumbs up to sober freshmen. As new freshmen prepare for the first day of class, they will likely feel tempted to go on an alcohol-fueled adventure. But some students are proving it's possible to have fun without getting wasted. At UW-...

Our Views: Director's salary should stay capped

A proposal to lift the salary cap for the director of the Janesville International Education Program would cut too deeply into the profits generated by that program.

It would also create too large a pay gap between the director, Kevin Miller,...