Stories tagged: "covid in schools"


The Best Of: Wisconsin Education in 2022

Between the shift to at-home learning and the struggle to hire enough teachers, the past three years have been challenging for schools. But 2022 proved Wisconsin's emerged better than most.  Here are several "good news" standouts.

Election Results Prove– Democrat or Republican, Voters Want More Funding for Public Schools 

tl;dr A Democratic policy is popular even in counties where Wisconsin's Democratic governor isn't.

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Wisconsin Has Faced a Teacher Shortage for Years. Some Schools Are Finally Reaching Their Tipping Point.

It’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, two weeks before the start of a new school year. Rich Appel is stressed. Usually, the Horicon Superintendent would be busy overseeing meetings and chatting with his crop of new teachers. Instead, he’s still scrambling to find them. Appel’s not alone. From big districts like Madison (27,000 enrolled...

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Six Bomb Threats in Less Than Two Weeks—Kiel Becomes a Front in a National Debate Between Respect and Contempt

The tight-knit community of 3,900 is confused, concerned, and caught up in cultural crosscurrents.

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Opposition to School Pandemic Safeguards Becomes a Trojan Horse for Other Culture War Issues

Once-sleepy spring elections in Wisconsin get heated with comments about history, race, and the role of partisanship.

School Board Battles National Groups
Education Advocates Warn of a ‘Very Well-Coordinated Disinformation Campaign’ Against Public Schools

Conservative opposition to science-based COVID safeguards then extended to teaching more accurate history lessons. The culture war-based campaigns distract from years of underfunding and undermining local control.

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UW System Will Drop Mask Requirements by Spring Break

The decision comes as Wisconsin's latest COVID wave rapidly subsides.