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Biden to wipe out $10,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers

BY: - August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household. Biden also announced his administration is extending a pause […]

Students dancing and jumping around in sections O and P while the song "Jump Around" plays between the 3rd and 4th quarters at w:Camp Randall Stadium for a Wisconsin Badgers football game| photo by Royalbroil on Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0

What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

BY: - August 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — College students are heading back to campus following more than two years of a pandemic that led many schools to empty out for full semesters and later move to hybrid schedules in a struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19.  But the attempt by colleges and universities to return to something resembling normal […]

The American Indian Studies Program exists primarily to assist with the implementation of curricular requirements in the areas of American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty according to Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction. The program is also responsible for American Indian language and culture education. | Photo courtesy of DPI

Wisconsin schools are not meeting state mandate on Native American education

BY: - August 19, 2022

The Wisconsin Indian Education Association held a celebration of  the state’s commitment to Native American education under Act 31 on Thursday, Aug. 18  at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena, with Native peoples from all over Wisconsin attending. Act 31 is a remarkable piece of legislation. The law requires that primary and secondary public schools […]

UW System announces program to pay tuition and fees for underserved students

BY: - August 15, 2022

The University of Wisconsin System announced on Monday that it is establishing a program to allow students to attend any university within the system without paying tuition or fees.  The program — modeled after Bucky’s Tuition Promise, which was started at UW-Madison in 2018 and had its first class of students graduate in May — […]

Gov. Tony Evers signs the 2021-23 biennial budget at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, after making 50 partial vetoes (screenshot | Gov. Evers Facebook video)

Gov. Tony Evers criticizes Republicans for school cuts, ‘using our kids as political pawns’

BY: - July 22, 2022

At the annual Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit, held this year in Eau Claire, Gov. Tony Evers praised assembled public school advocates Thursday, as well as state schools superintendent Jill Underly for fighting against school budget cuts and resisting rightwing culture-war ideas he called “radical.”  Evers accused Republican legislators of failing to adequately fund […]

Former UW Chancellor facing ‘aggressive cancer’ steps down from new job at Northwestern

BY: - July 12, 2022

Former University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank will not serve as president of Northwestern University after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last week, she announced in a statement on Monday.  Blank, who served as chancellor for nine years until leaving the post in May, was set to begin her new job […]

YES members design signs for the campaign for lunch justice. (Photo | Courtesy of Joe Brusky/MTEA)

Milwaukee County Supervisors support YES Lunch Justice Campaign

BY: - July 12, 2022

Milwaukee County Supervisors Juan Miguel Martinez and Ryan Clancy have announced they’re standing in solidarity with student activists from Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES). Acting as the youth arm of Voces de la Frontera, YES student activists have been pushing to reform the lunches served at Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). In April, YES announced […]

Pallbearers carry the casket of one of the children up the stairs to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Hobart, Wisconsin. | Photo by Andrew Kennard

‘I see our last names’: Oneida families bury children taken to boarding school

BY: - July 11, 2022

“I feel like traveling home,” the Oneida singers sang, their voices filling the Church of the Holy Apostles in Hobart, Wisconsin. “My heavenly home is right ahead, I feel like traveling home.” After a memorial service on June 27, the families of Paul Wheelock and Frank Green buried the remains of the two Oneida children […]

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Supreme Court rules that Madison Schools may allow students to choose their pronouns, for now

BY: - July 9, 2022

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a school policy which protects the right of students to use different names or pronouns at schools, without being outed to their parents, may remain in effect while a case involving its continuation moves through lower courts. While the policy’s ultimate future remains in question, the decision was a  […]

Workforce grants to boost manufacturing, education, building trades and health care

BY: - June 23, 2022

Programs in manufacturing, science and technology, education, the building trades and health care will share in more than $11 million in new state grants that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday. The grants are part of the second batch of Workforce Innovation Grants that the Evers administration has been awarding from the American Rescue Plan […]

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Wisconsin school district rejects book about Japanese internment

BY: - June 22, 2022

A school board in southeastern Wisconsin has rejected a book recommended for use in a 10th-grade accelerated English class due in part to concerns that it lacked “balance” regarding the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Curriculum Planning Committee for the Muskego-Norway district, which serves about 5,000 students in Waukesha and Racine […]

Open letter calls for action to protect Asian students after attack near UW-Madison

BY: - June 22, 2022

An open letter signed by hundreds of current and former students, faculty and staff at UW-Madison calls for more action from university leaders after an attack on an international doctoral student last week.  The student was attacked last Tuesday, June 14, while walking near campus. According to an incident report from the Madison Police Department, […]