The following report by Jessica Murphy, MacIver Institute Research Intern, first appeared at the MacIver Institute.

Here at the MacIver Institute, we’re dedicated to keeping you – the taxpayer – informed about wasteful spending at all levels of government. If you look closely, you can find questionable line items and waste in just about any arm of government. That’s why we’re skeptical of the constant drumbeat for higher taxes, bigger government, and of course, more and more spending.

Considering the UW System’s never-ending cycle of demands for more state funding, one would hope that they are responsibly spending your tax dollars before they ask for more.

The MacIver Institute decided to dive deeper into the UW system to find places where frivolous spending runs rampant and where cost savings can be found. Our first stop: course offerings in the UW System.

What we found were courses that degrade capitalism, praise Marxism and encourage a “social justice warrior” ideology. We wonder how many employers in the real world are looking to see if you took a class in how to be perpetually aggrieved or permanently pissed at the world?

Check out our list of the Top Five Wasteful Classes in the UW System to see if your school made the cut! We start with number five and make our way to the single most wasteful class in the UW System.

Read the full report here.

This column by Ola Lisowski has been re-posted in part from the MacIver Institute:

Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction released new report cards for the state’s public schools, and some of the results have the public puzzled. The big news of the release was, as most expected, that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) fell off the list of failing school districts while five others took its place.

Racine Unified School District (RUSD) was categorized as failing to meet expectations with a score of 48.1 of 100. Eleven RUSD schools – 34.4 percent of the district – failed to meet expectations. That’s slightly higher than Milwaukee’s 27.6 percent of failing schools. However, at just shy of 10,000 students, the number of kids enrolled in failing schools at RUSD is much smaller than at MPS, where nearly 25,000 students attend failing schools. That should speak volumes to the size and scope of the issues these districts face.

The new report cards feature five key priority areas: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track and postsecondary readiness. RUSD students outscored MPS students in three of these four metrics by an average margin of just over five out of 100 points. In the student growth category, however, RUSD students scored only a 26.1 compared to MPS’ 60.3.

RUSD also didn’t receive any deductions in the “student engagement indicators” category, which penalizes districts for low test participation, high absenteeism, and high dropout rates. MPS was penalized five points for an absentee rate of 21.1 percent, higher than DPI’s 13 percent or lower goal.

As such, the numbers reveal that it was mainly a lack of year-over-year growth that put RUSD in the failing category while MPS skated by.

Whole thing here.