Wisconsin Education News

June 22, 2021

The Wisconsin Education News is a daily update of education news and events that are taking place around Wisconsin. 


Green Bay school board approves building purchase

Wisconsin school district leaders blast GOP's education budget, despite access to billions in federal money

Public education advocates from school districts across southern Wisconsin blasted GOP members of the Legislature’s budget committee Monday for slashing Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed increase in K-12 funding, even as districts are expected to get billions in federal COVID-19 relief.

Waunakee parents divided on mask-optional policy as summer school starts

WAUNAKEE (WKOW) -- For the first time since early 2020, students in Waunakee had the option to not wear a mask in the classroom Monday.

Germantown board of education votes to limit critical race theory to 2 high school classes

GERMANTOWN, Wis. — After over an hour and a half of public comment, debating both sides of critical race theory, the Germantown Board of Education voted to limit the teachings to two elective classes only.

New solar panels celebrated at Hamilton Early Learning Center/SOTA I

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – For the first time, a La Crosse public school has a solar panel system.

Day of Action for education organized ahead of state budget votes

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Monday, June 21 was a statewide “Day of Action” organized by proponents of more education funding in the upcoming state budget.

Bill Changes School Transfer Rules for Athletes

Republican lawmakers are making a push to temporarily change the rules for where transfer students can play school sports, citing the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Middleton camp teaches teens about careers in construction

J.H. Findorff & Son put on a Construction Camp for teenagers ages 13-18 Monday at Middleton High School in order to give them a hands-on experience in exploring careers in the construction industry.

Ron Johnson says he doesn't want critical race theory in schools, but also does not want to ban it federally

KENOSHA — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., says he doesn’t want critical race theory taught in schools, but also doesn’t think it should be banned nationwide.

Board of Education meets in its new location

The Rice Lake Board of Education met for the first time June 14 at its new location at 30 Phipps Ave., the former Jefferson Elementary School that is now the home of the Rice Lake Area School District's Administration.

Southern Door County School District receives America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation

BRUSSELS, Wis. (WFRV)- Southern Door County farmer directs America’s Farmers Grow Communities donations to Southern Door County School District.

Westby School Board approves hiring staff, retirements

The Westby School Board approved employing staff and accepted staff resignations/retirements at its meeting, Monday, June 14.

'Flat budgets, increasing costs': School leaders, organizations push for increased school funding in 2021-23 budget

Wisconsin school leaders are demanding the Republican-led state Legislature reconsider its funding plan for K-12 education.

Investigator: Reinstated Burlington teacher showed insensitivity but committed no violations

BURLINGTON — An investigation that cleared Burlington High School social studies teacher Jeff Taff of any illegality or policy infraction also criticized him for what the investigator said was poor judgment and a lack of professionalism.

WIAA names LeVar Ridgeway as assistant director

The WIAA has hired LeVar Ridgeway as an assistant director, it was announced Monday.

Racine Unified School District welcomes students back for summer school

RACINE — Many area districts begin summer school Monday, and it's expected to be a popular choice among families.

Owen-Withee School Board Discusses District Committees

The Owen-Withee School Board heard a presentation regarding district committees.

MPS calls for more state funding, Republicans say additional federal aid is enough

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Public Schools and four other schools districts sent a letter to the state legislature last week asking for additional funding for public schools across Wisconsin.

School choice advocates: Gov. Evers shuts kids out of chance at better education

(The Center Square) – The backlash to Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of an expansion for Wisconsin’s school choice program is swift and growing.

Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education hold school funding rally

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education held a rally to call on the state legislature to provide more funding for public schools.

Critical Race Theory: Expert breaks down widely debated concept

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -Critical race theory is a widely debated topic across the country, and there’s a mix of opinions about teaching the concept in the classroom.

Impactful Coaching Academy - Two Cohorts Available

The educator effectiveness model provides growth opportunities for teachers, principals and other valued staff in our school districts today. This model requires principals to be highly effective coaches. Whether your school has instructional coaches or you’re trying to build teacher leadership capacity, all staff desire and deserve coaching and feedback aligned to high expectations, standards, and research-based effective instructional practices. In this professional learning opportunity, participants will further develop the capacity to provide coaching and feedback that is aligned to high expectations, standards, and research-based effective instructional practices