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State Superintendent Jill Underly delivers her first State of Education address in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 | Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

State superintendent calls out Republicans’ war on schools in fiery speech

BY: - September 24, 2021

In her first annual State of Education address, Wisconsin’s new state schools superintendent Jill Underly did not hold back. “We’re now failing a generation of kids,” Underly declared. “And we’re failing our state by putting Wisconsin’s economic future at risk.” Standing in front of the bust of Fighting Bob La Follette in the Capitol rotunda, […]

Children wearing protective face masks sit in classroom for the first day of classes of the new school year at the GuthsMuths elementary school during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 10, 2020 in Berlin. Classes at schools across Germany are beginning this month with face mask requirements varying by state. Coronavirus infection rates are climbing again in Germany, from an average of 400 new cases per day about two weeks ago to over 1,100 yesterday, according to the Robert Koch Institute. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Conservatives, anti-maskers target school boards around the state

BY: - September 22, 2021

A conservative citizens’ group took over the annual Kenosha School Board meeting on Tuesday night, pushing through a cut in school board member salaries and a property tax reduction. “With rage still apparently simmering from a recent school board vote to require face masks in schools, a different crowd outnumbered the regulars Tuesday night,” local […]

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Republicans invite critical race theory evangelist for hearing on education bills

BY: - September 22, 2021

Months after they were first introduced, Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature are set to hold a hearing Wednesday on a slate of bills meant to prevent so-called critical race theory from being taught in schools.  At the hearing, the activist responsible for injecting the academic theory into the public consciousness this summer is scheduled to […]

students at desks in classroom wearing masks for COVID-19 coronavirus prevention teacher also wearing mask bending over to help student

After family links child’s death to COVID-19, Fort Atkinson school board approves mask mandate

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Fort Atkinson school board has instituted a mask requirement for the school district after the reported death of a 13-year-old student from COVID-19. During public comments Thursday night, parents in the district pleaded with the board to start requiring masks, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Friday. The board subsequently approved a requirement by a […]

First Lady Jill Biden at Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School in Milwaukee | Screenshot WisconsinEye

Jill Biden visits Milwaukee school

BY: - September 15, 2021

On Wednesday First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Milwaukee for the first time since Inauguration Day, to visit Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School and talk about keeping students safe as they return to in-person learning.  Pratt, a Milwaukee Public School that receives federal Title I funding because of its high number of children in poverty, […]

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Citing COVID risk, Democrats on Assembly education committee walk out 

BY: - September 15, 2021

As students and teachers begin an uncertain school year, with classrooms open for in-person instruction and the delta variant surging, the Assembly education committee met on Tuesday for a hearing on a bill to improve reading scores and tackle the achievement gap. But just as the hearing got underway, all the Democrats on the committee […]

Young girls wearing protective masks running on sidewalk with backpacks for school.

No masks may mean fines, lawsuits and lost school insurance

BY: - September 13, 2021

The television cameras were rolling as students boarded the yellow buses at Germantown’s Kennedy Middle School without face masks. Nor was a bus driver wearing his mask as he pulled away. Milwaukee WTMJ 4 interviewed Germantown Superintendent Brett Stousland who only said that the district “recommended” masks. Stousland stated to the camera that he was […]

Nass asks Republican leadership to sue UW System over COVID mask mandates

BY: - September 8, 2021

Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) wants to pick a fight with Tommy Thompson.   Last month, Nass and his fellow Republicans on the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules passed a motion attempting to force all UW System COVID-19 policies to first be approved by the committee. Thompson, the interim president of the UW System and […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison Abraham Lincoln looks out over Bascom Hill on campus by Phil Roeder via Flickr CC BY 2.0

UW-Madison reports 90% of campus is fully vaccinated

BY: - September 2, 2021

Less than a week before classes begin, UW-Madison reported that 90% of its campus community is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The school has reached a high vaccination rate despite UW System leadership shying away from vaccine mandates — even though other, similarly sized Big Ten universities have gone ahead with vaccine requirements.  As of Sept. […]

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Still avoiding vaccine mandates for UW, Thompson dares Legislature to fight him over masks

BY: - August 27, 2021

UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson warned legislative Republicans against picking a fight with him over COVID-19 mitigation measures as he reiterated his stance against mandating vaccines for students, staff and faculty on UW campuses.  The former Republican governor, who made news earlier this week when he dared legislators to sue him and the UW […]

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Family files complaint against Ashland Schools alleging discrimination against Native students

BY: - August 26, 2021

An Ashland family that alleged in February the School District of Ashland was enforcing COVID-19 mitigation policies differently against their Native American students than their white counterparts has now filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) that states the district has systematically discriminated against Native students.  Kelly and Eric Maday filed […]

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School boards across Wisconsin face contentious meetings and ‘bullying’

BY: - August 20, 2021

Across Wisconsin, school boards have become the battleground for some of the state’s most contentious fights over COVID-19 mitigation policies and the country’s effort to grapple with its history of racism.  In Oconomowoc, three school board members resigned earlier this week, citing a “toxic” environment. In Whitefish Bay, parents attending a school board meeting jeered […]