Bill seeks to boost money for rural schools after funds were axed from state budget

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Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) are proposing legislation that would boost funding for rural schools by almost $10 million after a similar provision was carved out of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-’19 budget. > Sheboygan Press

UW-Madison faculty oppose regent plan to gain chancellors from outside higher ed

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UW-Madison faculty are asking the UW System governing body to reconsider proposals that would promote hiring campus chancellors from outside higher education. The Board of Regents is expected to approve policy changes Thursday that will remove a UW-Madison campus policy prohibiting hiring chancellors who do not have backgrounds in higher education. > Cap Times

UW Regents prepare free speech policy to enforce Republican bill

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UW chancellors would be responsible for guaranteeing disciplinary action — including expulsion — for students who disrupt free expression by others on their campuses, under a proposed Board of Regents policy. The draft sets out procedures and sanctions for students mirroring those in a Republican bill that was approved by the state Assembly in June. > Cap Times

Despite Baldwin’s bipartisan efforts, Perkins Loan extension blocked

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The hopes of a bipartisan group of lawmakers to extend the Perkins Loan program before it expires Sept. 30 were frustrated Thursday.
Members of Congress in the House and Senate had introduced identical legislation to extend the program, but one Republican committee chair blocked the measure, while the other ignored it. > Inside Higher Ed

Two northern UW schools struggle with program cuts, declining enrollment

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Students graduating from UW-Superior this year will be leaving a far different school than the one they applied to. Those students saw at least 20 programs suspended and a number of faculty members laid off since 2013. And UW-Stevens Point is now facing similar problems. > Daily Cardinal

UW-Madison expands free-tuition program for first-generation students

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UW-Madison has expanded its Badger Promise program, which gives at least one year of free tuition to those who transfer from select two-year institutions and are the first in their family to attend college. > Wisconsin State Journal

Chancellor Blank weighs in on state budget, free tuition program and Foxconn

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Rebecca Blank, chancellor of UW-Madison, appeared on Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha” with UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen. The pair weighed in on the budget, a new one-year free tuition program for first generation students and the proposed Foxconn plant, expressing optimism about all three. > Cap Times