In federal tax debate, advocates fear harm to universities, including UW-Madison


The Republican tax overhaul that passed the U.S. House last month includes provisions that could drain the wallets of students and student debt-holders. Meanwhile, the Senate version omits the provisions that affect students and debt-holders but retains ones that could inflict financial harm on colleges and universities. > Wisconsin State Journal

Regents proposal: UW will track professors’ teaching hours starting in January


The teaching workload of University of Wisconsin faculty and other instructional staff will be monitored starting in January, but no other parts of their jobs will see the same scrutiny, according to a proposal before the Board of Regents for approval Thursday. > Cap Times

Arrests, anger, anxiety as grad students protest outside Paul Ryan’s office


As the competing Republican tax plans from the House and Senate head toward a final piece of legislation, graduate students are worried. A group of 40 or so activists and graduate students took their concerns about taxing tuition waivers to Capitol Hill Tuesday in a protest outside the office of Paul Ryan. > Inside Higher Ed

Walker challenger Vinehout proposes free tuition for tech, two-year colleges


“Expanding our skilled workforce is the surest way to grow our economy and raise wages, which are 18th lowest in the country,” said Kathleen Vinehout, one of several Democratic gubernatorial candidates seeking to unseat GOP Gov. Scott Walker. “Other states that have moved in this direction have seen enrollments increase.” > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Wisconsin Supreme Court takes up open records case that pits unions against Scott Walker


The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in an open records case that could determine how quickly state officials must produce documents. The case pits a Madison teachers union against an employment commission controlled by an appointee of Gov. Scott Walker, who has long clashed with unions. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Schimel says he’ll let Evers hire his own attorney, but…


Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel is telling state Superintendent Tony Evers he won’t stop him from hiring a personal attorney to represent him in a lawsuit challenging his office’s powers. But the Republican Schimel tells Evers in a letter Friday that the DOJ will continue to defend the office of state superintendent in the lawsuit. > AP News