Stories tagged: "public schools"


Residents of the Kenosha Unified School District, led by a local chapter of a right-wing activist group, recently voted to slash pay for school board members and require them to attend meetings in person to get paid. It is just one example of a district where school board members are being punished, threatened, or even recalled for enacting COVID-19 safeguards. (Screenshot via Kenosha Unified School District/Youtube)
‘My Family No Longer Feels Safe’: School Board Members Face Threats, Harassment Over COVID Safety Rules

One outgoing school board member says she hopes the current toxic political climate encourages more young people to speak up and get involved.

Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at a Florida elementary school. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
DPI Hints That Schools Might Face Lawsuits If They Don’t Require Masks

Letter offers a thinly veiled warning about running amok of federal investigations into school mask bans and the Americans With Disabilities Act's equal education policy.

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.

Darnisha Garbade
Burlington Mom Forced to Leave Town After Speaking Out About Racism in Local Schools

After tensions erupted last year, a local anti-racism group says the school district is doing the bare minimum.