Small town streetscape in rural Wisconsin

Rural schools advocate is wary of vouchers

BY: - September 30, 2019

Kim Kaukl, a retired school principal who lives in the little town of Plain, Wis, about seven miles north of Spring Green, is the executive director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance. In his frequent trips to Madison, Kaukl talks to state legislators about the plight of rural school districts across the state that are […]

Betsy DeVos at a podium at the US Dept of Education

More controversy around vouchers, DeVos

BY: - September 17, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s “back-to-school” tour kickoff at a private Milwaukee voucher school triggered a passionate response from public-school advocates and voucher-school defenders alike. In her speech at St. Marcus Lutheran School, DeVos denounced “the education cabal” that “puts other issues above what’s right for students.” DeVos blamed school administrators for wasting money […]

Betsy DeVos at a podium at the US Dept of Education

Betsy DeVos’ Milwaukee voucher school visit draws fire

BY: - September 15, 2019

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is launching a “Back to School” tour on Monday with a visit to a private voucher school in Milwaukee—a city described by The Department of Education in a press release as the “birthplace of education freedom.” “Thanks to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, now in its 30th year, thousands […]

San Francisco Youth Climate Strike - March 15, 2019

Schools respond in disparate ways to climate strike 

BY: - September 15, 2019

On Friday, September 20, students in Wisconsin and around the world will walk out of school to protest the lack of action on solving the climate change crisis. Rallies are planned for Madison, Milwaukee, La Crosse, Appleton, Eau Claire and Ashland. In Madison, students will march to the Capitol. In Milwaukee, the rally will be […]

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Palmyra residents fight to save their school district

BY: - September 9, 2019

Last Friday at noon, Tara LeRoy walked into the school district office at the back of the Palmyra-Eagle High School, to turn in petitions with 680 signatures from community members who do not want to see their school district dissolved and their local schools closed permanently at the end of the current school year. A […]

Teacher of the year shuns textbook, teaches real world civics

BY: - August 21, 2019

Eighth-grade social studies teacher Erin McCarthy, the 2020 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, found out on the second day of school this week that she will be the Badger State’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year. “It doesn’t mean that I’m the most caring or wonderful teacher,” McCarthy told her class at […]

Nine speakers, no regents, at UW Regents’ public hearing on speech penalties

BY: - August 15, 2019

The UW System Board of Regents’ public hearing Tuesday, on the controversial policy that mandates harsh punishments for students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations, fulfilled concerns that holding such a hearing weeks before students return to campus might not be successful. Held in a large room at Gordon Commons, roughly nine out of every […]

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How to stop the teacher exodus 

BY: - August 9, 2019

It’s time to expose the myth of the teacher shortage. The conditions in today’s classrooms and the ridiculous education policies are responsible for a mass exodus—not shortage—of passionate professionals from their classrooms. Since the release of A Nation at Risk in 1983, public schools and their teachers have been under assault from a political and […]


UW Response to White Nationalism: Threaten Students Protesting Hate

BY: - August 7, 2019

White nationalism is on the rise and the University of Wisconsin System is poised to do something about it–by threatening to expel students who protest purveyors of hate, racism, misogyny and xenophobia on campus.  Next week, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents will hold a public hearing on August 13 on a “Nonacademic Student […]

Bailey LeRoy and her mother, Tara LeRoy, participated in a march on the Capitol in June to publicize the funding needs of the state's schools. Bailey is a fifth grader at Palmyra-Eagle Elementary, which has been threatened with closure because of lack of funds. (Photo courtesy of Tara LeRoy.)

Gov. Evers embraces public school activists, touts partial veto

BY: - August 6, 2019

Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of public-school advocates at Central High School in La Crosse, Gov. Tony Evers thanked members of the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN) for “having my back,” and called out the group repeatedly, mentioning increases in the state budget he signed for special education, mental health services and general state aid. […]

Public-school advocates gather in La Crosse

BY: - August 5, 2019

On Monday, August 5, parents, teachers, administrators and public-school experts and advocates from around the state will meet at La Crosse Central High School for the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s fifth annual Summer Summit. Gov. Tony Evers and Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor are scheduled to address the group in the morning, and […]

Student debt earns Wisconsin a bad ranking

BY: - July 18, 2019

Student debt is a hot topic in politics and campaigns, in no small part because after mortgages, it is the largest type of debt in the United States. This month the financial literacy site Wallet Hub ranked the states on “most to least” in student loan debt. Wisconsin placed as the 18th worst on the […]