Wisconsin Education News

April 9, 2021

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


Elcho school referendum fails again

Voters in Tuesday’s election in the Elcho School District once again denied an operational referendum that would have added $1 million to their collective tax bills for each of the next four years.

Prom returns to Douglas County schools in new forms

Douglas County schools are gearing up for traditional spring events like prom and graduation. Although they may look significantly different from pre-pandemic celebrations, school officials said it's important to hold them.

For Some Families, Virtual Learning Worked — And Schools Are Thinking About How To Meet Demand

They weren't alone — WCA's enrollment doubled last year because of the pandemic, driven by families seeking a more established virtual option or a safer alternative to their all-in-person school, and virtual schools around the state saw a similar bump

Green Bay Schools Prepare For A Busy Summer

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) -The Green Bay School District is preparing for one of its largest summer school programs, ever. Part of the reason for the expansion is to help struggling students, after a year of virtual learning.

Rural schools doing well holding more in-class days

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Rural schools in Marathon County have been running a greater number of in-class days per week than some of their larger counterparts.

Florence school referendum passes, while Tomahawk's fails by 14 votes

Florence - Both Florence County School District and Tomahawk School District had operational referendums this spring.

Some Wisconsin schools shed mask requirements after court ruling

A week after the state Supreme Court threw out Wisconsin's mask requirement, some schools are no longer requiring face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   

Wisconsin Rapids schools announce tentative date for return to 5-day in-person learning for secondary students

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Middle and high school students in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School District could return to in-person learning five days a week later this month.

District to receive $900,000 in American Rescue Plan funds North Crawford

NORTH CRAWFORD - Superintendent Brandon Munson informed members of the North Crawford School Board that the district expects to receive about $900,000 more in COVID relief funding.  

Superior School Board to take action on retiree health benefits, salary schedule

At its Monday, April 12, meeting, the Superior School Board will consider changes to the district’s employee handbook, including an updated salary schedule and removing the option for retirees to remain on the district’s health and dental insurance plans.

Medford eases mask rules for elementary students

Students in grades 4 and under won’t have to wear masks in classroom; staff, others will

Rib Lake keeps school mask rules in place

Rib Lake students and staff will be required to wear masks through the end of the school year.

Voters say no

A second try for a $39.9 million high school referendum for renovations and expansion of Medford Area Senior High School failed losing by a 2,450 to 1,363 margin among Taylor County voters.

BSD successfully passes three-year referendum

The Bangor School District was successful in its plight to pass a three-year operational referendum, which passed with 452 votes in favor and 233 votes in opposition. 

What schools can do with their Covid stimulus money

An unprecedented amount of money is flowing to K-12 schools from the federal government and districts are planning to spend it on summer schools, tutoring programs and, in some places, teacher bonuses.

Local student takes flight thanks to school program

MOSINEE, Wis. (WAOW) -- A new partnership between the Mosinee High School and Central Wisconsin Aviation is taking students to new heights with a pilot program.

Fewer high school seniors in Wisconsin are applying for federal student aid for college

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) The pandemic has impacted many things and now some worry a college education might be the next casualty. Fewer students are applying for federal student aid and experts want to change that.

Teens grill Gov. Evers on student mental health issues

MADISON (WKOW) -- For about an hour Thursday, Governor Tony Evers answered to a group of Wisconsinites not yet old enough to speak at the polls. Through the Boys and Girls Club, Evers took questions from teens in each corner of the state during a virtual session. 27 News was the only media outlet participating in the call.

Wisconsin Democrats focus on masks, social distancing in return-to-school debate

(The Center Square) – The latest conversation about getting kids back to in-person classes in Wisconsin devolved into a back-and-forth among lawmakers over face masks and CDC recommendations.

Comprehensive School Mental Health Academy - Begins September 2021

Meeting the rising mental health needs of school communities is an increasing challenge for education leaders. The Comprehensive School Mental Health Academy is designed to grow capacity in Wisconsin’s School Mental Health Framework and related efforts. The overall goal is to equip leaders with easy-to-access resources, tools, and application examples so that relevant, local action can be thoughtfully implemented and monitored.