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Republicans’ school budget shell game

BY: - June 3, 2021

The proposed state budget for schools passed by the Legislature’s budget committee is so stingy, the federal government is seriously considering withdrawing $1.5 billion from our state because we don’t make an adequate investment in our own kids.  But you’d never know that from the press releases put out by GOP budget committee members, crowing […]

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Evers’ budget moves us toward a better, more equitable economy

BY: - April 26, 2021

For our state’s economy to work for everyone, Wisconsin needs to invest in healthy communities, working families and public infrastructure across the entire state. We also need a tax system that provides a level playing field for Wisconsin families and businesses, rather than a structure that gives an advantage to the well connected who rig […]

Middle school teacher Brittany Myers stands in protest in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Giving public schools a shot in the arm

BY: - February 5, 2021

Janesville Public Schools closed for classes on Friday, Jan. 22, in order for school employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccinations happened despite the fact that educators were not yet scheduled to receive shots according to the state’s timetable. When the vaccinations were announced, Gov. Tony Evers stated in his press briefing that he […]

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 […]

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Suicide rates already climbing in Wisconsin, spike during the pandemic

BY: - September 11, 2020

Suicide rates in Wisconsin rose 40% between 2000 and 2017 according to new report published by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and in 2019, 850 Wisconsin residents died by suicide. Rates have climbed considerably higher nationwide during the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the rising suicide rate across […]

Diane Hendricks, chief executive officer of ABC Supply Co., smiles during a company meeting at a hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, U.S. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Hendricks, whose ABC Supply is based in Beloit, Wis., was

Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks’ controversial charter school

BY: - July 7, 2020

Diane Hendricks, the Beloit billionaire caught on film in 2011 urging former Gov. Scott Walker to make Wisconsin a “completely red” “right-to-work” state, has a new project — a charter school that will focus on serving low-income students in her adopted hometown. The Lincoln Academy, which received conditional approval from the Office of Educational Opportunity […]

Sen. Luther Olsen (screenshot from Wisconsin Eye)

Republican moderates and the banality of evil

BY: - June 22, 2020

If ever there were a time for so-called Republican moderates to stop making excuses for Donald Trump and stand up for some core values, it has long since come and gone. Yet here was retiring state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), in his farewell interview with WisconsinEye on June 15, answering a question about what grade […]

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The school superintendent merry-go-round

BY: - June 11, 2020

In March, the Madison Metropolitan School District was all set to welcome its new superintendent, Matthew Gutierrez. Then COVID-19 hit; Gutierrez withdrew his name from consideration stating he could not abandon his current Texas school district during the pandemic. That left Madison where it remains now, considering next steps in its search. David Botz was […]

Jill Underly, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (photo courtesy of Underly)

Rural educator Jill Underly is running for state superintendent

BY: - May 7, 2020

Pecatonica school superintendent Jill Underly announced on Thursday that she will run for State Superintendent of Public Instruction next spring, to succeed Carolyn Stanford Taylor who announced in January that she will not seek another term. Stanford Taylor was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers, who held the job himself for nine years before he was […]

Tony Evers speaks to the Wisconsin Public Education summit in 2019.

Gov. Evers vetoes tax cut bill

BY: - February 26, 2020

On Wednesday, Feb. 26 Gov. Tony Evers held a news conference in Wauwatosa to announce his veto of Senate Bill 821. The plan, passed by both houses of the Legislature, would have used the state’s projected revenue surplus to cut income and business taxes. The measure “failed to fulfill Republicans’ own promise to get to […]

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Advocates plead with legislators to take up school funding in governor’s special session

BY: - February 11, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers has called on the Legislature to meet in special session on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to take up his plan to spend part of the potential budget surplus to reduce local property taxes and increase state funding for public schools. Evers wants legislators to consider using $252 million of a projected $451.9 […]

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Wisconsinites need to tune into state politics

BY: - November 8, 2019

Walking through the coffee shop downstairs from the Examiner office this week, I bumped into a neighbor who is smart, well-read and pays attention to national politics. I was just coming from the Capitol, less than a block away, where the Republican majority in the Senate was getting ready to take a dramatic vote to […]