Stories tagged: "public schools"

Tony Evers meeting with LGBTQ youth
EXCLUSIVE POLL: Americans Oppose the GOP’s Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric and Policies

Eighty-eight percent of likely voters believe the government “should not have a say in personal matters like a person's sexual preference or gender identity,” 48% oppose anti-LGBTQ bills introduced by Republicans, and 55% oppose conservatives labeling teachers and LGBTQ people as “groomers.”

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Wisconsin GOP’s War on Public Schools Enters Primetime with Tuesday’s School Board Elections

While some parents are voting with teachers, school funding, and equity in mind, others are motivated by culture war issues that have exploded into the mainstream over the past year and a half.

Giacomo Fallucca, CEO of Palermo's, speaks Wednesday in favor of using part of the state's projected budget surplus on schools. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
‘We Have the Dollars’: Milwaukee Business Leaders Call for Using Surplus on Schools

From the Bucks president to the Palermo’s CEO, a diverse range of business leaders pleads for action from Evers and legislators.

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.

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State Hopes Farm to School Program Can Address Supply Chain Issues in School Cafeterias

To address the issue and help schools and Wisconsin farmers, many of whom are struggling financially, organizations are partnering to better link farmers to 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.