School board update + bike theft + non-stop flights

Good morning Madison.

Let's just dive right into today's stories!

โ€” Hayley

๐ŸŽ’ The Madison School Board said no more detentions for kids in 4k-5 grade.

  • The board unanimously approved a resolution to create a suspension moratorium for students in grades 4K-5.
  • For more: Scott Girard of the Cap Times has a nice explainer that covers everything the board did and approved at its Monday meeting.

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ Lock up your bike and check it twice.

โœˆ๏ธ Now boarding non-stop flights from Madison to Washington, D.C.

๐Ÿšง The University of Wisconsin is looking to the real estate development world as a source of funding.

  • The UW Board of Regents recently approved a general agreement that will allow UW-Madison to sell some of its land to University Research Park, who would in turn lease the space out to developers. Revenue from rent would go to an endowment, a percentage of which the university would receive annually for operations. This process has the potential to be replicated at other UW campuses.
  • The State Journal reports that leased land could be used for housing, retail, or commercial space. The move is part of a long-term approach to diversify the university's revenue streams as it receives less and less in state funding โ€” a pattern that is likely to continue in the future.

๐Ÿ‘ฎ The city rejected a move to cut the police department's budget in order to help fund the newly launched emergency mental health response team.

๐Ÿ• Paisan's and the rest of 131 W. Wilson is back open for business โ€” but at what cost?

  • Paisan's Restaurant owner Wally Borowski told WKOW that he and other tenants of 131 W. Wilson are looking to sue the building's owners for damages incurred during the 40-day building shutdown. Several tenants plan on leaving the building for good.

๐Ÿ›’ Expect construction: The city broke ground on a $43 million S. Park Street project.

๐ŸŠ Dive right in, the water is fully funded.

๐Ÿš„ Your lunchtime read: Madison critical for high-speed rail service between Chicago, Twin Cities, feds say.

  • From the Wisconsin State Journal: "Madison and Milwaukee will be critical markets in any high-speed passenger rail corridor between Chicago and the Twin Cities should the project go forward, a new federal study says. In the long term, the corridor could see train speeds of at least 125 mph, electric-powered engines, dedicated tracks and 99% on-time performance, the Federal Railroad Administrationโ€™s long-term plan for the Midwest through 2055 says."

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๐Ÿ“… Events: Wednesday, Oct. 27