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Child Care Providers Renew Call for State Funding

Child Care Providers Renew Call for State Funding

Programs struggling to survive. Evers supports more funding, GOP legislators don't.

Biden Hails ‘Transformative’ Microsoft Project in Mount Pleasant

Biden Hails ‘Transformative’ Microsoft Project in Mount Pleasant

President visited Racine to tout $3.3 billion project, slam Foxconn failure.

DPI Disagrees With Legislature Over Literacy Program Implementation

DPI Disagrees With Legislature Over Literacy Program Implementation

Law was signed last July, but parties at odds on implementation.

Seclusion and Restraint Incidents Down Slightly at Schools in 2022-23

Seclusion and Restraint Incidents Down Slightly at Schools in 2022-23

But still affects thousands of students in Wisconsin; nearly 80% of them are disabled.

DPI Report Shows Educator Workforce Crisis in Wisconsin

DPI Report Shows Educator Workforce Crisis in Wisconsin

Teacher retention a huge problem; compensation has decreased 20% since 2010.

School Districts Take Stock of Referendum Results

School Districts Take Stock of Referendum Results

Across state, 56 of 93 of April ballot requests for more money passed.

Regents Approve UW Tuition Increase

Regents Approve UW Tuition Increase

Segregated fees, room and board rates, graduate tuition, nonresident undergraduate tuition will also increase.

Special Report: Seclusion and Restraint of Kids in Wisconsin Schools
Special Report

Seclusion and Restraint of Kids in Wisconsin Schools

Nearly 13,000 incidents reported in 2021-22. ‘Districts should not torture children.’

Republican Committee Rejects DPI Reading Curriculum Recommendations

Republican Committee Rejects DPI Reading Curriculum Recommendations

Stroebel defends shorter list. DPI says legislators didn't thoroughly review curriculum.

Bill That Would Hold Students Back For Truancy Passes First Major Hurdle

Bill That Would Hold Students Back For Truancy Passes First Major Hurdle

Assembly passes bill that would make frequently absent students repeat their current grade, sends it to Senate.

Department of Public Instruction Asks Lawmakers To Approve New Reading Curriculum

Department of Public Instruction Asks Lawmakers To Approve New Reading Curriculum

Proposal overrides the Literacy Council, which DPI says failed to meet deadlines.

Wisconsin’s Youth Struggle with Depression, Thoughts of Suicide

Wisconsin’s Youth Struggle with Depression, Thoughts of Suicide

Especially girls, children of color, LGBTQ+ youth, state report finds.

Apprenticeship Bill Targets Teacher Shortage

Apprenticeship Bill Targets Teacher Shortage

Students would attend college two years, then teach for two more before graduation.

Herb Kohl Passes Away

Herb Kohl Passes Away

Former U.S. Sen. Kohl, 88, also a philanthropist, businessman and longtime Bucks owner, dies after brief illness.

Three-Agency Collaboration Supports Higher Employment Rates for Individuals with Disabilities
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Three-Agency Collaboration Supports Higher Employment Rates for Individuals with Disabilities

Competitive Integrated Employment Yielding Improved Employment Outcomes

UW Regents Backtrack, Take Republican DEI Deal

UW Regents Backtrack, Take Republican DEI Deal

Regents vote to accept limits to DEI programs in return for pay raises for 34,000 employees and new engineering building.

Elkhorn School District Parent Seeks Ban on 444 Book Titles

Elkhorn School District Parent Seeks Ban on 444 Book Titles

Largest such request in nation? School district considers changing book policy.

After School Contract Scrutiny, Randall Resigns From RNC Post

After School Contract Scrutiny, Randall Resigns From RNC Post

Republican party leader Gerard Randall's nonprofit had received no-bid contract from MPS, but work was uncompleted, false board members declared.

Marquette University education professor confirmed to Wisconsin’s Professional Standards Council for Teachers
Public School Libraries Will See Record Support From State Fund

Public School Libraries Will See Record Support From State Fund

Common School Fund from sale of public lands up by 25%, hitting record high.

Wisconsin Public Schools to receive $65 million from the Common School Fund in 2024, over $13 million more than 2023
Milwaukee Public Schools Ending Contract With GOP Leader’s Nonprofit

Milwaukee Public Schools Ending Contract With GOP Leader’s Nonprofit

Decade-long no-bid partnership for Gerard Randall coming to an end following questioning by board.

GOP, RNC Leader Questioned Over No-Bid Contracts From Milwaukee Public Schools

GOP, RNC Leader Questioned Over No-Bid Contracts From Milwaukee Public Schools

Gerard Randall’s nonprofit received nearly $1.3 million from the district over the past decade. Leaders say he listed them as board officers without their knowledge.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence
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Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence

30 task force members, national AI experts set to convene at public task force meeting Oct. 30 in Madison

Minocqua Brewery Super PAC Sues to End Voucher Schools

Minocqua Brewery Super PAC Sues to End Voucher Schools

Suit charges they violate state Constitution and are destroying public education.

State Test Scores Up But Still Below Pre-Pandemic Level

State Test Scores Up But Still Below Pre-Pandemic Level

Only about 40% proficient with big gap between Black and white students.

Bills Targeting Transgender Youth Draw Heated Hearing At Capitol

Bills Targeting Transgender Youth Draw Heated Hearing At Capitol

Gov. Evers has vowed to veto bills.

State Superintendent, GOP Legislators Duel Over Education

State Superintendent, GOP Legislators Duel Over Education

Underly defends DEI, public schools; Republicans push culture war, school choice.

Conservative Groups Oppose Including Voucher Schools In Transparency Dashboard

Conservative Groups Oppose Including Voucher Schools In Transparency Dashboard

Bipartisan panel backs financial transparency dashboard, but School Choice WI and WILL object.

Op Ed: ‘We’re Not Here For Crumbs’
Op Ed

‘We’re Not Here For Crumbs’

40% of school districts got less funding from state budget Evers signed. Public school advocates are upset.

Mayor’s Political Director Steps Down, Leaves Nation Consulting

Mayor’s Political Director Steps Down, Leaves Nation Consulting

Sachin Chheda, who led successful statewide campaigns, leaves political consulting firm.

State’s Schools Had Nearly 7,000 Instances of Student Physical Restraint

State’s Schools Had Nearly 7,000 Instances of Student Physical Restraint

DPI data from 2021-22 shows 76% of students restrained have a disability.

Evers, Vos Argue Over Amended State Budget

Evers, Vos Argue Over Amended State Budget

Evers reshaped budget with 51 partial vetoes, trades words with Republicans.

Assembly Passes Bill To Overhaul How Reading Is Taught

Assembly Passes Bill To Overhaul How Reading Is Taught

DPI gives support after changes. Plus: Pharmacists could prescribe birth control, alcohol regulations overhauled.

Republicans Have $50 Milllion, Science-Based Plan To Revamp How Children Learn To Read

Republicans Have $50 Milllion, Science-Based Plan To Revamp How Children Learn To Read

DPI Superintendent says bill is "non-starter" as it includes 3rd grade retention requirement.

Survey of Wisconsin High Schoolers Finds Increase In Depression, Screen Time

Survey of Wisconsin High Schoolers Finds Increase In Depression, Screen Time

50% report having anxiety, 33% depression. Recreational use of digital devices growing.

State Superintendent Urges Legislators To ‘Do Their Job,’ Boost School Funding

State Superintendent Urges Legislators To ‘Do Their Job,’ Boost School Funding

Jill Underly 'surprised and hurt' that Joint Finance Committee hasn't invited her to testify.

K-12 Education: State Data on Student Transfers Missing
K-12 Education

State Data on Student Transfers Missing

MPS suspects private schools push students out after getting them counted for state aid.

Democrats Push Free School Meals Plan

Democrats Push Free School Meals Plan

Evers' budget includes $120 million to create 'Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids' program.

Gov. Evers Announces Budget Initiatives to Do What’s Best for Kids, Support K-12 Schools
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Gov. Evers Announces Budget Initiatives to Do What’s Best for Kids, Support K-12 Schools

Governor’s plan aims to improve reading and literacy outcomes, expand access to mental health services and school nutrition, address staffing shortages to help keep class sizes small, and increase per pupil and special education aids

2022 Roundup: Gov. Evers Highlights 2022 Accomplishments
2022 Roundup: Gov. Evers Completes 2022 72-County Tour of Wisconsin
Wisconsin School Libraries To See Record $52 Million In State Funding

Wisconsin School Libraries To See Record $52 Million In State Funding

Amount is up 30% from last year, part of long-running state program.

State Superintendent Says Public Education Needs More Funding

State Superintendent Says Public Education Needs More Funding

Superintendent Jill Underly discussed challenges including mental health and racial disparities.

Michels Attacks Evers on Preschool Transgender Resources

Michels Attacks Evers on Preschool Transgender Resources

DPI says it’s not part of curriculum. Governor says he trusts parents to make decisions.

Evers Unveils $2 Billion Schools Plan

Evers Unveils $2 Billion Schools Plan

Added K-12 funding for school meals, mental health programs and per pupil spending.

Gov. Evers, Superintendent Underly Welcome Kids Back to School, Announce Shared K-12 Priorities for 2023-25 Budget
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Gov. Evers, Superintendent Underly Welcome Kids Back to School, Announce Shared K-12 Priorities for 2023-25 Budget

State’s projected $5 billion surplus allows for increased investments in K-12 education without increasing property taxes

Evers Rips Republicans On Schools

Evers Rips Republicans On Schools

Governor condemns funding cuts, 'censoring' teachers and using 'kids as political pawns.'

State Superintendent Pushes Gun Control

State Superintendent Pushes Gun Control

Restricting access to guns is key to protecting children’s lives, Jill Underly says.

State Democrats Push Gun Restrictions After Texas Shootings

State Democrats Push Gun Restrictions After Texas Shootings

Kaul calls for law requiring background checks and preventing sale of 'ghost guns.'

Students With Disabilities Subjected to Seclusion, Physical Restraint

Students With Disabilities Subjected to Seclusion, Physical Restraint

Report finds 84% of all such incidents in state’s schools involve students with disabilities.

Gov. Evers’ “Get Kids Ahead Initiative” Awards $15 Million to Help Nearly Every Wisconsin School District Provide School-Based Mental Health Support for Kids
Evers Announces $5 Million Mental Health Funding

Evers Announces $5 Million Mental Health Funding

Grants from federal ARPA money will expand mental health services and telemedicine.

Campaign Cash: Liberal Group One Of Top Outside Spenders
Campaign Cash

Liberal Group One Of Top Outside Spenders

A Better Wisconsin Together, backed by unions, spent $5.2 million on 2020-2021 races.

Assembly Considering ‘Parents Bill of Rights’ Legislation

Assembly Considering ‘Parents Bill of Rights’ Legislation

Rights determine medical care, child's name and pronouns used at school and review of instructional materials, among others.

Evers Administration, DHS, DPI Remind Schools of Support, Resources Available to Help Keep Kids and Educators Safe in School as Omicron Spreads
DHS Urges Public Health Practices to Keep Kids Safe and in School
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DHS Urges Public Health Practices to Keep Kids Safe and in School

Asks parents and guardians to take action as Omicron cases increase

DPI, Legislators Clash On Federal Pandemic Aid

DPI, Legislators Clash On Federal Pandemic Aid

$77 million for state’s schools at stake. Republican rule violates federal law, US Education Secretary says.

Federal-State Battle Over School Pandemic Aid

Federal-State Battle Over School Pandemic Aid

US Education Department nixes GOP plan to favor schools that stayed in person in 2020-21.

Evers Touts $110 Million Addition For Schools

Evers Touts $110 Million Addition For Schools

New federal coronavirus relief funds for state’s K-12 schools include $9.6 million for MPS.

Gov. Evers Delivers on Promise to do What’s Best for Kids, Invests $110 Million in Wisconsin Kids and Schools
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Gov. Evers Delivers on Promise to do What’s Best for Kids, Invests $110 Million in Wisconsin Kids and Schools

Funding directed by the governor to provide new, additional funding to every school district in Wisconsin

State Superintendent Slams GOP Over School Funding

State Superintendent Slams GOP Over School Funding

Assembly Speaker Vos says more money won't fix problems in schools.

WisGOP Statement on State of Education Address
Superintendent Underly demonstrates clear vision, strong resolve through challenging times in State of Education speech
Legislature Plans Culture War Against Evers

Legislature Plans Culture War Against Evers

Fall session could include “born alive” abortion bill, forbidding teachers from discussing race and more.

GOP Bill Requires Parent Notification of Gender, Sexual Orientation Education

GOP Bill Requires Parent Notification of Gender, Sexual Orientation Education

Bill covers any instruction on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression.

Keeping Kids Safe During Back to School
Press Release

Keeping Kids Safe During Back to School

As cases rise, DHS and DPI urge districts and schools to follow COVID-19 guidance

State Superintendent, Pediatricians Push Universal Masking in Schools

State Superintendent, Pediatricians Push Universal Masking in Schools

Masking in schools backed by CDC, public health officials and pediatrics associations.

State Legislature Debates Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism Education Bills

State Legislature Debates Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism Education Bills

Critical Race Theory discussed during debate. One bill requires instruction materials be made public.

DHS Releases New and Updated Resources for Schools to Keep Students Safe
Press Release

DHS Releases New and Updated Resources for Schools to Keep Students Safe

Resources include updated guidance on outbreaks and new testing communications toolkit

State Officials Recommending Masks for Schools

State Officials Recommending Masks for Schools

Delta variant causing uptick in cases. Officials say masking will reduce school transmission.

Public School Advocates Discuss State Budget Losses

Public School Advocates Discuss State Budget Losses

Evers says ending gerrymandering may be only way to get more education funding.

Campaign Cash: Superintendent Race Cost Record $3 Million
Campaign Cash

Superintendent Race Cost Record $3 Million

Underly and liberal groups spent combined $2.34 million, five times more than opponents.

Whose Vision Will Prevail In Budget Battle?

Whose Vision Will Prevail In Budget Battle?

Republicans got their way in budget rewrite, but Evers' vetoes loom.

Underly Announces Transition Team

Underly Announces Transition Team

New state school superintendent promises “more offense, less defense."

Data Wonk: About That Data on Charter Schools
Data Wonk

About That Data on Charter Schools

Diving deeper into charter school data and polls of voters tells interesting story.

K-12 Education: The Fight Over Standardized Testing
K-12 Education

The Fight Over Standardized Testing

MPS, urban school systems push federal government for testing waivers, citing lost instruction time during pandemic.

Op Ed: Nonpartisan Races Getting Too Partisan
Op Ed

Nonpartisan Races Getting Too Partisan

State superintendent race and school policies should not be so politicized.

Campaign Cash: Record Outside Group Spending for Underly
Campaign Cash

Record Outside Group Spending for Underly

A record $1.02 million spent on state superintendent race, 80% of it by liberal groups.

The State of Politics: Republicans Miffed By MPS Pandemic Aid
The State of Politics

Republicans Miffed By MPS Pandemic Aid

MPS gets 16 times more per pupil than Wauwatosa schools under federal formula awarding more to low-income students.

Op Ed: Signs of Hope at State Budget Hearing
Op Ed

Signs of Hope at State Budget Hearing

Citizens attended public hearing in Whitewater and demanded legislators support a wide range of reforms.

Campaign Cash: Outside Groups Spent $1 Million on State Superintendent Race
Campaign Cash

Outside Groups Spent $1 Million on State Superintendent Race

Groups backing Underly had 5-1 advantage over those backing Kerr.

Robin Vos Must Clarify Late-Night Threat To Defund Wisconsin Schools
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin on Spring Election Wins
Milwaukee County Election Commission Reports Unofficial 2021 Spring Election Results
Wisconsin Working Families Party Candidates Announce Victories in Madison, Racine, Milwaukee
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Wisconsin Working Families Party Candidates Announce Victories in Madison, Racine, Milwaukee

Building on the Energy of 2020, Grassroots Political Group Helps Elect Progressive Activists, Organizers, Educators, and Public Education Graduates Across the State

Underly Defeats Kerr In State Superintendent Race

Underly Defeats Kerr In State Superintendent Race

Deborah Kerr conceded just after 9:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Democrats Celebrate Underly as Newly Elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Wisconsin Democrats Celebrate Underly as Newly Elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Democrats Continue To Build Momentum, Organizing Infrastructure Leading Into 2022 Midterm Elections

Underly Criticizes Kerr for Trans-Kids in Sports Comments

Underly Criticizes Kerr for Trans-Kids in Sports Comments

State Superintendent candidate said transgender kids shouldn't play on teams that align with gender identity.

Kerr Supports Voucher Program, Decentralizing DPI

Kerr Supports Voucher Program, Decentralizing DPI

State superintendent candidate Kerr has been an ardent supporter of reopening schools.

Underly Running on Education Equity, Ending Vouchers

Underly Running on Education Equity, Ending Vouchers

As a candidate for state superintendent, Underly has backing of state teachers union.

Campaign Cash: Underly Raises 18 Times More Than Kerr
Campaign Cash

Underly Raises 18 Times More Than Kerr

Democratic-supported candidate for state school superintendent raises $1.3 million.

Jill Underly Breaks Law and Uses School District Resources to Run for Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Jill Underly Breaks Law and Uses School District Resources to Run for Superintendent of Public Instruction

WisGOP files complaint with Wisconsin Ethics Commission to investigate Underly's conduct

Vote April 6th: Guide to Candidates in Spring Election
Vote April 6th

Guide to Candidates in Spring Election

State Superintendent, Circuit Court Judge, County Board and School Board races on ballot.

Kerr Makes Case for State Superintendent

Kerr Makes Case for State Superintendent

Longtime educator, former Brown Deer Superintendent backs vouchers, early school start.

Underly Makes Case for State Superintendent

Underly Makes Case for State Superintendent

Supports more investment in 4K programs, phasing out vouchers.

More Working Families Endorse Jill Underly for Superintendent
Campaign Cash: Liberals Have 13 to 1 Edge In Superintendent Race
Campaign Cash

Liberals Have 13 to 1 Edge In Superintendent Race

Groups supporting Underly bury the one group backing Kerr in total campaign donations.

Campaign Cash: Outside Spending Tops $800,000 for Election
Campaign Cash

Outside Spending Tops $800,000 for Election

Most of special interest spending for spring election is for state school superintendent race.

Marquette Law School, College of Education to host debate for Wisconsin school superintendent March 17
Kerr, Underly Strike Sparks In Debate

Kerr, Underly Strike Sparks In Debate

Candidates for state school superintendent reveal very different views on voucher schools, other issues.

34 State Legislators Endorse Jill Underly for State Superintendent
Underly Supports Safe In-Person Learning in Wisconsin Schools
Press Release

Underly Supports Safe In-Person Learning in Wisconsin Schools

Unlike her opponent, Underly emphasizes informed, local decision-making, not a state mandate

Kerr: Open Schools and Get DPI Out of Madison
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Kerr: Open Schools and Get DPI Out of Madison

Get our kids back to school and get DPI back to working for families

Grassroots North Shore Hosts Candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Former Governor Jim Doyle Endorses Jill Underly for State Superintendent
Working Families Party Announces Second Round of 2021 Endorsements
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Working Families Party Announces Second Round of 2021 Endorsements

Progressive Political Group Throws Weight Behind Jill Underly, Sets Sights on Growing Progressive Bloc in Madison Common Council

Labor Unions Rally Around Jill Underly for State Superintendent
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Labor Unions Rally Around Jill Underly for State Superintendent

Wisconsin United Auto Workers, AFT, AFL-CIO and IBEW endorse Dr. Jill Underly

Reps. Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, and Mark Pocan Endorse Jill Underly for Superintendent
Alex Lasry Endorses Jill Underly for Superintendent
Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson Endorses Jill Underly for Superintendent
State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski Endorses Jill Underly for Superintendent
The Contrarian: Jill Underly Flunks School Choice 101
The Contrarian

Jill Underly Flunks School Choice 101

Candidate for state school superintendent is clueless about state requirements.

Wisconsin Democrats Endorse Dr. Jill Underly for State Superintendent
It’s Kerr and Underly for State Superintendent

It’s Kerr and Underly for State Superintendent

Field of seven candidates narrow to two, with Underly the anti-voucher school candidate.

Dr. Deborah Kerr Wins in Primary Election for State Superintendent, Advances to General Election in April
2021 Spring Primary Election Results

2021 Spring Primary Election Results

Unofficial totals from the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County for the February 16th primary.

Dr. Jill Underly Advances to the General Election
Southeast Wisconsin Urban Educators Trust Jill Underly
State Superintendent Candidates Make Their Pitch

State Superintendent Candidates Make Their Pitch

With eyes on Tuesday’s election, 7 views of the Wisconsin’s education future.

Vote Tuesday: State Superintendent, County Board and School Board on the Ballot
Vote Tuesday

State Superintendent, County Board and School Board on the Ballot

Non-partisan, education-centric primary kicks off spring election season.

Former Superintendents Grover & Benson Endorse Jill Underly
Campaign Cash: Who’s Behind School Superintendent Candidates?
Campaign Cash

Who’s Behind School Superintendent Candidates?

More than half of Deborah Kerr’s campaign cash came from one fat cat.

7 Seek State School Superintendent Job

7 Seek State School Superintendent Job

Who are they and what are the key issues in the February primary race?

Underly Campaign Announces Endorsement of 12 State Legislators
MTEA announces 2021 School Board, State Superintendent endorsements
WEAC Educators Recommend Jill Underly for State Superintendent
Campaign Cash: State Superintendent Candidates Raise $200,000
Campaign Cash

State Superintendent Candidates Raise $200,000

Which candidates have raised the most and who are the top donors?

State Superintendent Candidates Debate

State Superintendent Candidates Debate

Seven candidates include teachers, principals, superintendents and policy experts.

Rural Educator Running for State Superintendent

Rural Educator Running for State Superintendent

Jill Underly, superintendent of the Pecatonica School District, wants to address educational inequities caused by poverty.

Jill Underly Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction