Wisconsin Education News

February 19, 2018

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

Voucher resolution debate triggers criticism from staffers (Sun Prairie Star © 02/17/2018)

A spirited discussion during the Feb. 12 Sun Prairie School Board meeting about the wording of a school voucher resolution left some teachers wondering if there was enough spirited discussion about other aspects of the Sun Prairie Area School District.

'Better Together” nights link home, West Elementary (Fort Atkinson Daily Union © 02/17/2018)

JEFFERSON — It’s a proven fact that the better the link between families and schools, the better students learn. Sharing a common goal and approach for success reinforces what students are learning at school, both academically and behaviorally.

Great Lakes Employees Donate More Than 6,000 Snacks to Jefferson Elementary(Stevens Point City Times © 02/17/2018)

STEVENS POINT — Students at Jefferson Elementary School were excited to receive 6,273 healthy snacks on Thursday, Feb.15.

Middle School staff receives active shooter training (Lake Mills Leader © 02/17/2018)

Education was the theme at Lake Mills Middle School during Principal Jennifer Bower’s report the Board of Education, Feb. 12, as her staff received active shooter training from the Lake Mills Police Department and others from Jefferson County.

Mosinee police, school district use technology to protect students (WSAW News Channel 7 © 02/16/2018)

MOSINEE, Wis. (WSAW) -- If you see something, say something. It’s the mantra that law enforcement uses to encourage people to come forward if they see something suspicious and allows officers to act before anyone gets hurt.

No laughing matter: Authorities warn 'joking' school threats are not acceptable (WITI My Fox Milwaukee © 02/17/2018)

On high alert after the deadly school shooting in Florida, local law enforcement is pouncing on any threat to local schools in our area.

School nears fundraising goal (Eau Claire Leader Telegram © 02/17/2018)

CHIPPEWA FALLS — A handicap-accessible playground with wider equipment, ramps and more pieces that can be used by children of all skills and abilities is moving closer to a reality at Southview Elementary School.

The consequences to threats as multiple school threats made in north central Wisconsin (WSAW News Channel 7 © 02/16/2018)

(WSAW) -- Since the Valentine's Day shooting at a Florida high school, four schools in just the north central Wisconsin area have received threats, all of which have been found to be not credible, though are still being investigated.

Viroqua School District raising money for emergency trauma kits (La Crosse Tribune © 02/16/2018)

Viroqua Area Schools is taking another step toward keeping students safe if any of the schools would ever be faced with an emergent or life-threatening situation.

Wisconsin terror threat law, digital surveillance used in efforts to thwart school threats(Wisconsin Rapids Tribune © 02/17/2018)

A 2015 state law that makes it a felony to issue a terrorist threat appears to have done little to deter threats of violence against schools in Wisconsin.

$50,000 donation bolsters fundraising for Pardeeville auditorium (Portage Daily Register © 02/17/2018)

PARDEEVIILLE — Fundraising for a school construction project here is almost done thanks to another big donation.

Chippewa Falls students explore different career opportunities (WQOW ABC 18 © 02/16/2018)

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Chippewa Falls Middle School students explored different career opportunities during their school day on Friday.

Full house for Westby Area Performing Arts Center Dedication (La Crosse Tribune © 02/16/2018)

The seats and stage were full for the Westby Area School District dedication program for the Westby Area Performing Arts Center (WAPAC) on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Holmen's DECA students are ready to conquer (La Crosse Tribune © 02/16/2018)

Festival Foods chairman Dave Skogen saw a business opportunity with enormous growth potential at the Holmen School District offices on Tuesday.

Officials share how to assess whether school threats are credible (Channel 3000 © 02/16/2018)

School threats and the shooting in Florida that left 17 students dead are putting a closer eye on those threats and how law enforcement handles them. 

Threats made towards multiple school districts (WMTV NBC15 © 02/16/2018)

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- There have been a number of threats made at schools throughout the state. Authorities said it is important to report anything suspicious to them immediately.

State superintendent: More must be done to prevent gun violence in schools (Baraboo News Republic © 02/17/2018)

The state’s top education official says more preventive measures must be taken to stop gun violence in the nation’s schools.


Unified board set to vote on 2018-19 calendar (Racine Journal Times © 02/17/2018)

RACINE — The Racine Unified School Board is set to vote on the 2018-19 school calendar during its Monday business meeting.

'Read Out Loud' event offers kids educational fun (WKOW TV © 02/18/2018)

MADISON (WKOW) --- Literacy took center stage at the first ever 'Read out loud!' event Saturday in Madison.

Burlington High to adopt laude system (Racine Journal Times © 02/17/2018)

BURLINGTON — At Burlington High School, as at many schools in Racine County, there’s more than one way for students to pursue their interests. But some of those efforts are not recognized by the traditional grade-point average and class rank system.

Getting an early start: Apprenticeship program grows as employers struggle with worker shortage (Eau Claire Leader Telegram © 02/18/2018)

Bush is one of 407 students in the Chippewa Valley who participate in the Youth Apprenticeship program. Hosted through Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10, the program connects high school students with area businesses to expose them to working life after graduation.

School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting (WLUK Fox 11 © 02/18/2018)

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws.


All-gender bathrooms coming to every Madison public school (Madison.com © 02/19/2018)

Every Madison School District building soon will have at least one easily accessible, single-stall, public bathroom open to students of all genders under a district-wide project now nearing completion, district officials said.

Grantsburg student activities reflect District values (Burnett County Sentinel © 02/19/2018)

GRANTSBURG—Students in all grades are reflecting District values on collaboration and outreach. Some of their activities were spotlighted in the Grantsburg School Board’s meeting on Monday.

Kids could get therapy faster without parents OK under proposed Wisconsin state law(Marshfield News Herald © 02/19/2018)

Stuht and Rodriguez spoke at a state hearing in January to support legislation that aims to provide relief. A bill would let youth receive outpatient mental health services for up to 30 days without a parent's OK under certain conditions. In any case, a reasonable attempt to get parental consent must first be made.

Thoreau Elementary students read book to make a difference (Madison.com © 02/19/2018)

When Lisa Hempstead, library media technology specialist, discovered “Wishtree,” she knew she finally found the right book for Thoreau Elementary School’s first all-school read activity.

WISC-TV, State Journal partner to raise money for Read Up program (Channel 3000 © 02/19/2018)

MADISON, Wis. - WISC-TV and the Wisconsin State Journal are partnering together to raise donations by April 15 aimed at helping Madison students maintain their reading skills during summer break.

College tour can help close achievement gap, organizer says (Kenosha News (WI) © 02/19/2018)

When Alvin Owens talks about the Spring Break College Tour, which takes mostly African-American students on a whirlwind tour of colleges in the South and East Coast, he also isn’t afraid to talk about the elephant in the room: the achievement gap.

Horicion elementary school becomes Blue Zones approved (Beaver Dam Daily Citizen © 02/19/2018)

HORICON — Van Brunt Elementary in Horicon has been recognized as the newest Blue Zones Project Approved school in Dodge County.

Reedsville students pledge to keep eyes on road (Manitowoc Herald Times © 02/18/2018)

Reedsville High School teamed up with AT&T, AAA and the Wisconsin State Patrol as part of the "It Can Wait" campaign to remind students that smartphone activity can — and should — wait until after driving.

Wisconsin students learning skills by running a business (Holmen Courier © 02/19/2018)

ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) — Special education students in western Wisconsin are running a small business and learning communication, budget and inventory skills.