UP: Nada. Due to recent events, this category has been suspended this week.
DOWN: Madison School District. The city's education overseer loses its appeal - for which it hired pricey outside legal counsel - of an administrative law judge's ruling ("Watchdog," 7/24/08) ordering it to reimburse parents of a special-needs student for costs incurred getting mandated services that the schools didn't provide. The ruling could spur the district to increase services and offer four-year-old kindergarten.
DOWNER: Madison Rep. The city's excellent repertory theater announces it will not return to the Overture Center for the 2009-10 season. If it can erase some of its debt, it may produce plays elsewhere.
DOWNEST: Doug Moe. The State Journal columnist says it's "shocking, at least...to me" that the Odana Hills golf course may have to move holes for a new power line, incurring a $1.5 million hit. Maybe it would be less so had he read Isthmus' report on this six weeks ago (Madison.gov, 1/15/09). To paraphrase Yogi Berra, you can learn a lot by paying attention.