Education


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UW System Faces Uphill Battle After State Funding Freeze, Pandemic, Reports Find

Wisconsin needs strong schools to attract and maintain a healthy workforce, but the state’s top two research facilities face numerous struggles.

Joint Finance Committee co-chair Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), left, answers a question on the Republicans' tax cut proposal at a press conference on June 17 with Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), center, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), right. (Screenshot via WisconsinEye)
GOP Budget Includes School Spending Increase, Tax Cuts—but There Are a Few Big Catches

GOP lawmakers say they’ve increased funding for schools and cut taxes for the middle class. It's true on paper, but leaves out some key context.

Michael Johnson
‘I Feel Like We’re Being Punished’: Schools Push Back Against GOP Budget Plan

Wisconsin faces a $4.4 billion surplus over the next three years, but Republicans are providing just a $128 million school funding boost. Evers proposed $1.6 billion.

Chuck Wichgers Andre Jacque
GOP Wants to Ban Critical Race Theory in Wisconsin Schools, but That’s Not a Thing

Critical race theory is barely taught outside of graduate school. Republicans’ intention, a leading theorist says, seems to be scaring teachers away from any talk of race.

Joint Finance Democrats, including from left to right, Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) during a press conference before Thursday's hearing pointed out that the Republicans used federal funds to justify cutting requests for additional funds, but those cuts endanger said federal funds. (Screenshot via WisconsinEye)
Republicans Want to Spend Less on Schools Than Evers Proposes, but Doing So Could Cost $1.5 Billion in Federal Aid

Legislators had been warned earlier that the aid from the American Rescue Plan is a supplement for struggling schools, not a substitute for state support.

Jill Underly will become Wisconsin's next State Superintendent of Public Instruction. (Photo provided)
The 3 R’s, a Pandemic, and Infrastructure Debates Give the Next DPI Leader a Full Inbox

Underly sets up a large transition team before taking over as state superintendent in early July.

Julian Thomas Elementary School in Racine, built in the 1850s as Garfield School, will receive updates as part of the $1 billion referendum district voters passed in spring 2020. (Photo via Julian Thomas Elementary/Facebook)
Are Schools Infrastructure? Ask the Wisconsin Students and Educators Using Buildings Dating Back Over 100 Years.

Biden infrastructure plan meant to help districts where local voters may or may not approve critically needed repairs and staff to build a new generation of graduates.