Stories tagged: "public education"

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.

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New Test Scores Suggest Wisconsin Schools Weathered Pandemic Better Than Most

America’s state-based education systems got their first report card since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic this month, revealing Wisconsin students fared better than most of their peers in other states in both reading and math.  The U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tested 4th and 8th graders earlier this year...

Jill Underly, Wisconsin's State Superintendent of Public Instruction. (Photo provided)
State Education Leader on Tim Michels: He Has No Idea What We Do to Give Vulnerable Kids a Safe Place to Learn

Wisconsin’s state superintendent gives low grades to the Republican candidate for governor, whose plan for struggling schools is to give them even less support while speaking out against “wokeness.”

State Capitol and Classrooms
‘It’s an Absolute Shell Game,’ as Public Schools Ask Voters for Money While GOP Lawmakers Sit on a $5 Billion Surplus

Gov. Tony Evers has a $2 billion plan that would help schools without raising property taxes, if only the Legislature would come back to work.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Gov. Evers Takes Action To Address Teacher Shortages, Mental Health Challenges

As Wisconsin’s 2022-2023 school year begins, Democratic Governor Tony Evers has taken steps to address teacher shortages and expand mental health services in the state’s K-12 public schools. Districts from northeast Wisconsin, Madison, Milwaukee and beyond have reported struggling to fill staff positions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and a coarsening discourse surrounding...

An LGBTQ flag flies over the Wisconsin State Capitol (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Conservative Cancel Culture Comes For Wisconsin Teachers’ Pride Flags

A suburban Wisconsin school district is under fire after its school board voted to affirm a policy banning Pride Flags from classrooms. The district, located about 45 minutes outside of Milwaukee, reinterpreted a district policy governing ‘political messages’ in the classrooms of district teachers over the summer. This month, the district school board voted in...

The University of Wisconsin Gets Creative to Recruit, Train, and Retain the Next Generation of Teachers

Long before the current nationwide shortage, universities had already reported a 35% drop in education majors from 2008-2018.