UW Football set to return after getting ‘handle’ on COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - November 9, 2020

The University of Wisconsin football team expects to be back on the field this weekend after two games were cancelled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among the team’s players and staff.  The team announced Monday it expected to play Saturday’s game against the University of Michigan after having no players or staff test positive […]

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Badger football game canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - October 28, 2020

The University of Wisconsin football team was forced to cancel its game scheduled for Saturday against Nebraska after a number of players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.  As of Wednesday morning, there have been 12 positive tests amongst players and coaching staff, including head coach Paul Chryst and Big Ten co-offensive player of […]

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School districts are running out of teachers in the pandemic

BY: - October 27, 2020

Whiplash from continual opening and closing of schools is what the Oak Creek Franklin school district wanted to avoid. But whiplash is what it got. The Oak Creek Franklin schools were all set to open the school year with in-person instruction as they would normally do. Then in August, just a couple of weeks before the […]

Report details how racism divided Burlington in the wake of Black Lives Matter movement

BY: - October 26, 2020

In August, after the police shooting of Jacob Blake started a protest movement in Kenosha, a fourth grade teacher in Burlington, Melissa Statz, heard her students talking about the nearby city.  Statz, seeing her students’ questions as a learning opportunity, built a lesson plan around the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic racism and protest. That […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 2 2013. The Badgers won 28-9.

Badgers kick off season amid statewide spike in COVID-19

BY: - October 23, 2020

Wisconsin football kicked off its season Friday night against the University of Illinois as health officials and city leaders worried about the potential spike in COVID-19 cases caused by gatherings to watch the game.  There were only cardboard fans at Camp Randall stadium on Friday but near-campus bars including The Redzone, Sconnie Bar and State […]

UW campus police start Twitter fight with student

BY: - October 12, 2020

The UW-Madison Police Department is facing blowback from students after issuing a tweet Monday morning criticizing the personal beliefs of the chair of UW-Madison student government.  Late Sunday night, Matthew Mitnick, chair of Associated Students of Madison (ASM), tweeted the link to a letter to the editor published in the student newspaper, the Badger Herald. […]

Parents just want kids in school

BY: - October 5, 2020

Update: On Monday Oconto Falls school district announced classes will be virtual until Nov. 1 for grades 2-12. So far, 30 staff members are out because they are positive or quarantined and 8% of the student body is out due to positive tests or quarantine.  “When is this going to end? When will we just […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid Mark Brown listens during a hearing before House Education and Labor Committee December 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Examining the Education Department's Implementation of Borrower Defense." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DeVos won’t appeal decision against public schools having to share CARES funds with private schools

BY: - October 1, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos won’t appeal a court ruling that annuls an interim final department rule requiring K-12 public schools to share federal CARES Act relief funding with private schools. “The Department strongly, but respectfully, disagrees with the ruling,” DeVos wrote in a Friday letter. “However, we respect the rule of law and will enforce […]

‘Y’all messed it up last time’

BY: - October 1, 2020

Amanda Battle was six months away from turning 18 when she watched, powerless to do anything, as Donald Trump was elected president.  Emily Peters watched, furious that she couldn’t vote and Jaida Shellaugh was so stressed she went to sleep, pushing the news until the next morning.  Battle, Peters and Shellaugh, along with most other […]

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Community groups demand action to prevent virus spread, protect health and education

BY: - September 30, 2020

A group of community organizations in Milwaukee and the Milwaukee and Madison teachers’ unions called for more action from Wisconsin’s leaders to protect health and education in Wisconsin.  The coalition demanded that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) move education online in all of Wisconsin’s public and private schools, colleges and universities as the […]

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Federal judge won’t decide on student ID voting requirements before election

BY: - September 24, 2020

In a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s laws on the acceptance of student IDs for voting, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that he wouldn’t weigh in before the general election to avoid “chaos and confusion.”   The plaintiffs counter that this causes unnecessary obstacles for student voters. The lawsuit, Common Cause Wisconsin and Benjamin Quintero v. Wisconsin […]

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Parisi, Blank go back and forth on UW’s role in spreading COVID-19

BY: - September 22, 2020

Following a continued spike in Dane County COVID-19 cases, County Executive Joe Parisi on Sunday renewed his calls for UW-Madison to close dorms and move to entirely virtual classes for the remainder of the fall semester.  But on Monday, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said that the school’s efforts to contain the spread have started to […]