Posted inEconomy, Education

Wisconsin’s low-income school population rises, includes nearly 4 in 10 elementary students

Nearly four in 10 Wisconsin elementary students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch last school year, and the proportion of low-income elementary students has climbed every year of this decade, according to state Department of Public Instruction data analyzed by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Posted inGovernment

Wisconsin voter turnout patterns shift, creating tough landscape for Republicans in governor’s race

Republicans hoping to reclaim the governor’s office in next year’s election will have to overcome shifting patterns of voter turnout. More than two-thirds of the counties that handed victories to Republican President George Bush in 2004 shifted to support Democrat Barack Obama last year, data and interviews show.

Posted inDairyland Diversity, WisWatch Blog

Center to probe growing role of immigrants on state dairy farms

Upcoming coverage: Dairy farmers have new incentives to expand. Meanwhile, national estimates indicate that half of the immigrant dairy workers — who make up 40 percent of the dairy work force — lack immigration papers. The Center is collaborating with The Country Today to cover the nexus of dairy and immigration in Wisconsin.