Education


Siena Catholic Schools of Racine (right) is one of 357 private schools in the state receiving taxpayer funds through choice or voucher programs. Siena received $10.7 million of the $413 million in annualized payments distributed to participating schools, according to Dept. of Public Instruction figures. Because voucher disbursements are made first, public school disbursements come from a smaller pot of money, affecting districts like Racine Unified (left) where general aid was reduced by $32.7 million in 2021-22. (Photos by Jonathon Sadowski)
Democrats Try Again to Stop Letting Voucher Schools Hide Their True Cost From Taxpayers

Property tax bills show money going to schools, but an unlabeled chunk of it isn’t going to local public schools.

(Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Masks and a Return to Virtual Classes: How Schools Are Dealing With COVID Outbreaks

Wisconsin school districts are struggling to address the ever-spreading virus, and some are taking action.

(Photo via School District of the Menomonie Area)
COVID Causes Menomonie Schools to Cancel Classes Next Week

Announcement comes as children account for the largest number of new COVID-19 cases in the state.

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.