Wisconsin Education News

October 25, 2021

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


Two local teachers receive national teaching award, winning $50k each

(WFRV) – All in the same day, two local teachers at two different locations were surprised with a $50,000 national teaching award.

Parents and community members weigh in on La Crosse School District facilities plans

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - A survey sent out to the residents of La Crosse will shape long term planning for the community's educational facilities.

Waunakee school district dissolves DEI committee following conservative opposition

Waunakee’s board of education has decided to dissolve its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) committee amid concerns that the 25-member group lacked “diversity of thought” and adequate oversight by elected officials.

Amherst field turf voted best in Wisconsin

AMHERST, Wis. (WAOW) -- Amherst High School's turf field is the product of years of hometown pride, and was just voted as the best in the state of Wisconsin.

Waterloo superintendent calls student t-shirts insensitive, says wearers have been 'dealt with'

Waterloo school administrators have met with high school students who wore t-shirts with handwritten, political and socially insensitive messages to an Oct. 19 home volleyball game and say steps have been taken to head off future incidents.

La Crosse School District to start ‘Test and Stay’ COVID program to keep students in in-person classes

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The La Crosse School District will launch a “Test and Stay” program Wednesday in an effort to let students avoid being quarantined from school if they have a negative COVID test each day during their quarantine period.

Cedarburg parents blame district's COVID-19 protocol for elementary school outbreak

CEDARBURG — Some parents in Cedarburg are frustrated the district does not require students to quarantine if they are in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus.

Standardized testing shows pandemic effect in Baraboo, Portage, Dells, Mauston

Standardized testing results released Wednesday showed the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on student learning and participation last year in Wisconsin.

Brillion schools to hold special meeting for COVID protocols proposal

BRILLION - The Brillion School District will hold a special meeting this coming Monday, Oct. 25, to discuss a proposal regarding the spread of COVID-19.

Administrator search: School District of Tomahawk launches survey, schedules informational meetings

TOMAHAWK – A community survey regarding the School District of Tomahawk’s search for a new administrator is available online.

La Follette students plan Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Madison Metropolitan School District students are keeping attention on sexual assault awareness.

Special farm-to-school lunch at Southern Door School District

DOOR COUNTY (WLUK) -- The Southern Door School District is holding a special lunch for students today showcasing their farm-to-school food program.

Judge removes self from De Pere school district COVID-19 protocols case

GREEN BAY (WLUK) - The Brown County judge assigned to hear the case of a De Pere parent challenging the school district’s COVID-19 quarantine policy has removed herself from the case, and a temporary injunction hearing set for Friday is postponed.

Odin the therapy dog pays a visit to the Daybreak crew

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -- In honor of 'Make a Dog's Day,' Odin a local therapy dog, made Mike and Carly's morning by stopping Friday morning. 

Just as important: Syble Hopp, a place of belonging

DE PERE – For five decades, Syble Hopp has sought to be a place where students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities feel like they belong.

WCSD school tax levy set at $35 million to support additional staffing

Waunakee Community School District (WCSD) residents approved a tax levy of $35.7 million at the board of education’s annual meeting, following a board recommendation to fund nearly 17 additional positions for the 2021-22 school year.

Webster School approves high-tech weather grant

The Webster Board of Education met on Monday, Oct. 18, and while they had a slim agenda for action, among the items they discussed and approved was how they received a $10,000 grant to house a state-of-the-art weather technology station on the roof of one of their school buildings, through a Madison-based company called ‘Understory.’

MPS offers $100 incentive for students who vaccinate against COVID-19

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of MPS students, staff, and families, Milwaukee Public schools is offering a $100 incentive for each student who becomes fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021.

CFUASD shifts COVID-19 protocols

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - The CFUASD is announcing that they are shifting their COVID-19 protocol.

Fire safety the lesson to learn for Summit students

FRENCH ISLAND, Wis. (WXOW) -- The Campbell Fire Department was  teaching fire safety at Summit Elementary School Friday.

New High School Marks Growth of Hmong Community

Friday was a big day for Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) founder and CEO Chris Her-Xiong. “I have been dreaming about this for 17 years,” she told Governor Tony Evers and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Keith P. Posley as she gave the officials a tour of HAPA’s new high school.

Wisconsin reading readiness plan moves forward at Capitol

(The Center Square) – The plan to test Wisconsin kids for early reading readiness has taken its first step forward.

Delavan-Darien district changes health plan

The Delavan-Darien School Board recently approved a change to the health plan it offers to employees. The plan moves the district away from WEA Trust Insurance and offers employees three choices for their health care.

Mequon-Thiensville school board recall election intensifies

MEQUON, Wis. - The effort to replace four Mequon-Thiensville School District (MTSD) board members is getting intense – and gaining national attention – as the Nov. 2 recall election nears.

In Wisconsin, recall efforts add to pressure on school boards in the wake of COVID-19

Usually, an election year like 2021 would be relatively quiet. The presidential election was last year, the governor’s race isn’t until 2022, and Wisconsin — like the rest of the country – tends to see lower turnout and less political engagement in off-cycle years.

Proposal would add early literacy screening, intervention for Wisconsin public schools

A bill that could soon head to the full Legislature for a vote would redefine how Wisconsin public schools assess students’ early literacy skills.

Local school district enjoys surge in enrollment

A successful building referendum and business investment in the community may be helping bring more students to a local school district.  

UW COVID school study aimed at keeping kids safe

MADISON, Wis. - The coronavirus pandemic has been tough for kids who need special medical attention. Since they're higher risk for COVID-19, researchers are looking into making classrooms even safer.

WBC Offering 'Beef in the Classroom' Education Grants

The Wisconsin Beef Council is again helping high school teachers strengthen their lessons about beef selection and preparation with their students.

Impactful Coaching Academy - Begins January 2022

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.