Stories tagged: "schools"


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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...

If You Give a Class a Calf: Registration Now Open for Wisconsin’s ‘Adopt a Cow’ Program

Classrooms can follow the life of a calf through its first year on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Looking for a classroom pet? How about a 100-pound dairy calf–No cage or cleanup required?! Now through Sept. 15, teachers can register for “Adopt a Cow,” a free, year-long experience that allows classrooms to follow a calf through...

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‘The Quiet Majority Needs to Show Up’: Election Day Brings High Stakes for Schools, Local Government, Courts

Spring non-partisan races have been shaped by GOP-supported spending and messaging. Dozens of school districts forced to ask for additional local help to make up for the Legislature’s lack of support.

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.

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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.

(Photo via School District of the Menomonie Area)
COVID Causes Menomonie Schools to Cancel Classes Next Week

Announcement comes as children account for the largest number of new COVID-19 cases in the state.

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.