Education


Keeping Wausau Kids Safe & Parents Informed, a local parent group based in Wausau, purchased a billboard to push for a mask requirement in the local school district. The group is one of several across Wisconsin who are forming to fight back against the loud minority of people against COVID-19 safety measures in schools. (Photo courtesy of Jean Radtke)
Wisconsin Parents Are Standing Up for COVID Safety In Schools

As school boards—many times influenced by groups funded by national conservative organizations—decline to enact COVID safety protocols, local parent groups are pushing back. 

(Photo via School District of the Menomonie Area)
Menomonie Parents Request Due Process Hearing Over School District’s COVID Safety Protocols

The action is the first such known as parents throughout Wisconsin seek remedies for school districts that don't require COVID safety.

Alysse Arce, a member of the Menominee tribe and a Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women advocate, speaks during a press conference Monday in Wausau after a high school teacher there dressed in Native American attire to teach a history class. (Screenshot via Tricia Zunker/Facebook)
Native American Leaders Seeking Improvements to Curriculum After Teacher Wears Racist Outfit

Insensitive depictions of Native Americans are demeaning and further negative views that help lead to violence against indigenous people, advocates said.

Danielle Ralston said she is constantly nervous that her 10-year-old son Graham will contract COVID-19 and experience extreme symptoms because he has a rare stomach illness that makes him more susceptible to the virus. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Ralston)
Parents, Progressive PAC Weigh Lawsuits Against Schools That Refuse to Enact COVID Rules

Lawsuits against Wisconsin schools that don’t require masks could be filed soon following the death of at least two students who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Students and staff at Mondovi Middle & High School will have to wear masks starting Monday, Oct. 4. The Mondovi school board voted unanimously to require masks last week following the death of a student who had tested positive for COVID-19.  (Photo via Mondovi School District)
A Mondovi High Schooler Died While COVID-Positive. The School Board Still Didn’t Require Masks.

Dylan Passa is the second school-age Wisconsinite to die after testing positive for COVID-19 since the school year began.

In this screen image from WisconsinEye, Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), chair of the state Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, leads a public information hearing on critical race theory.
‘Made-Up Political Outrage’: Republican Legislators Target Efforts to Teach About Historic Racism

Professor responds that students “don’t have to agree with me, but they do have to think.”

(Photo via School District of the Menomonie Area)
Menomonie School Board Ends Mandatory COVID Contact Quarantines, Leaves Decision With Parents

The vote comes after the school board voted twice last month against requiring masks amid a nationwide surge of the Delta COVID-19 variant.