This photo of R04040 was taken in April 2009.

On the death of my monkey

The sign on his incubator said: “Born today, rejected by mother, male infant.” He was swaddled in a blue blanket. At first I thought he was dead; then he opened his tiny eyes. I may have been the first person he saw.

A former University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student poses with a playing card distributed by the campus warning of the penalties of a drug conviction. The student, who requested anonymity because he is looking for a job, sold drugs to another student on campus who was a confidential informant. UW-Whitewater is one of three four-year University of Wisconsin campuses to acknowledge using students to make controlled buys from suspected drug dealers. Photo shot Sept. 4, 2014, Madison.

Undercover students used in drug busts at some University of Wisconsin campuses

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism checks at the UW System’s 13 four-year campuses turned up three sites at which officials acknowledge using students arrested for drug activities to make controlled buys. Opponents say this practice could place students in dangerous situations and exploits their vulnerability to losing thousands of dollars of federal financial aid and tuition by being suspended from school. But supporters say it provides an opportunity for students to avoid felonies.

Joan Wade and Keith Fuchs of CESA 6 look at a map of the state’s 12 CESA districts on Aug. 22, 2013. CESA stands for Cooperative Educational Service Agency. CESA 6 is offering school districts an alternative model for evaluating educator effectiveness.

Wisconsin educators put to the test

Wisconsin school districts will soon be required to evaluate all teachers and principals. Some are using a state-designed model; others are opting for another model designed by a quasi-governmental service agency.

Joan Wade and Keith Fuchs of CESA 6 look at a map of the state’s 12 CESA districts on Aug. 22, 2013. CESA stands for Cooperative Educational Service Agency. CESA 6 is offering school districts an alternative model for evaluating educator effectiveness.

Districts make the choice

Most of the state’s school districts have already decided which of two approved models they intend to use to evaluate the performance of teachers and other educators in the coming school year.