Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore. (Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0)

DeVos under fire during testy Capitol Hill hearing

BY: - December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Florida Democratic congresswoman on Thursday told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, “You are the most unpopular person in our government.”  Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was among the many Democrats who berated DeVos at a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s controversial rewrite of a student loan forgiveness policy. […]

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Report: millions wasted on Wisconsin charter schools that closed or never opened

BY: - December 10, 2019

A new report by the Network for Public Education, a group founded by public-education advocate and former U.S. Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, provides extensive, state-by-state data on waste in the federal charter schools program.  In Wisconsin, 46% of charter schools that received federal start-up grants between 2006 and 2014 shut down or never opened […]

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Eau Claire athletics program to undergo outside review after racist incidents

BY: - December 10, 2019

Intercollegiate athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will undergo an independent review by an outside agency after racist messages were circulated on campus among a group of university football players. University Chancellor James C. Schmidt announced the review Monday, along with the formation of a 16-member task force of students, faculty and staff to […]

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Are all school gun violence incidents equal?

BY: - December 10, 2019

Gun violence and school safety became the topic of the week in Wisconsin, after a confrontation between police officers and a Waukesha South high school student last Monday ended with the student hospitalized for a gunshot wound. In the wake of that incident, eight other schools reported possible threats from students. The ripple effect shocked […]

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Why is Madison planning to warehouse disabled kids?

BY: - December 9, 2019

UPDATE: The plan was discussed Monday night at the Board of Education. A vote on the proposed purchase is scheduled for the board’s Dec. 16 meeting. Hi, I’m Nicki Vander Meulen, and I am pleased to meet all of you readers virtually. I am a juvenile attorney with a passion for special education law. I […]

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The schools our students deserve

BY: and - December 9, 2019

As directors of the Milwaukee Public School Board, we strongly believe in giving every student, no matter what they look like or where they come from, the public schools they deserve.  The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) last attempted a referendum in 1993. Since then, 410 of Wisconsin’s 421 school districts – 97% – have passed […]

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UW-Eau Claire sanctions students in racist incident

BY: - December 9, 2019

Disciplinary sanctions have been levied against students involved in racist Snapchat postings at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire last month, the university announced Friday, but officials withheld details citing federal student privacy laws and the advice of the UW system’s general counsel’s office. “In the spirit of transparency, I asked the general counsel to determine […]

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High School students from Brooklyn demand that our elected representatives protect students from gun violence and enact sane gun laws. #BrooklynWalksOut (photo by Jeffrey Bary, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Listen to the children

BY: - December 5, 2019

Policymakers, especially those holding elected office, often have a bad habit of failing to listen to those most impacted by a problem. That failure, of course, usually ends up with ineffective legislation, or no legislation at all, to address whatever the problem may be. Wisconsin high school students are reeling right now, as two students […]

School officials talk about safety in wake of shootings

BY: - December 5, 2019

On Monday morning at Waukesha South High School, a police officer shot a 17-year-old student who pulled out a gun and pointed it at an officer. It was just the beginning of a week of gun scares and lockdowns at eight different Wisconsin high schools. On Tuesday, a student was shot after stabbing a school […]

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Police investigating multiple possible school threats

BY: - December 4, 2019

The confrontation between police officers and a high school student in Waukesha was followed by a rash of other incidents and lockdowns at Wisconsin schools this week. An Oshkosh West High School student and officer were injured after the student stabbed the police officer. Separately, Sparta-area schools were closed as a precautionary measure due to […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore. (Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0)

Dems battle Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over student loan forgiveness

BY: - December 1, 2019

WASHINGTON — A long-simmering feud between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and congressional Democrats over student loan forgiveness is heating up as hundreds of thousands of borrowers continue to wait for help on loans they claim were fraudulent. DeVos narrowly avoided a congressional subpoena earlier this month after a lengthy fight against the U.S. House […]

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Racist social media incident investigation is complete

BY: - November 28, 2019

An investigation into a series of racist Snapchat social media messages circulated among members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire football team has concluded, but it will be next week before sanctions for those involved in the incident can be finalized, the university’s chancellor said Wednesday. Chancellor James C. Schmidt told the Wisconsin Examiner in […]