Wisconsin Education News

February 17, 2020

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


Report: Summer school enrollment increased in 2019 despite fewer ‘invited students’ participating

More Madison Metropolitan School District students participated in summer school last year than the year before, according to a report published this month.

Another Elementary School May Close After Close Look At Capacities

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Another Green Bay elementary school may send its students elsewhere as the district tries to solve capacity issues.

Students pitch ideas to improve their schools over ‘Soup’

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– Area students are pitching their ideas to improve their schools in the La Crosse School District. The students had a chance to win nearly $1,700 dollars for their projects, through a collaboration between La Crosse Soup and other area partners.

Waunakee school board adopts soccer project recommendation among member opposition

The Waunakee school board has adopted a recommendation from its budget committee regarding the proposed Warrior Soccer Stadium project. But the decision came with expressed dissent.

Board refers bullying task force items

After hearing a summary report and remarks from district residents, members of the Sun Prairie School Board on Feb. 10 referred all 36 recommendations from the District Task Force on Student Behavior and Bullying to board member Tom Weber to begin implementation.

Weighted credit on Monday’s SDR school board agenda

The Rhinelander School Board will take up weighted course credit during its Feb. 17 meeting. The Instruction and Accountability Committee  voted Feb. 10 to send to the full board a recommendation to approve a proposal assigning weighted credit to Advanced Placement (AP) courses only. The change would take effect in the fall for the class of 2024.

Governor says rural schools benefit from education package

Rural schools will benefit from a plan to restore two-thirds funding for public education, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said during an interview Wednesday.

MG School Board OKs sports co-op agreements

The Monona Grove School Board on Wednesday, Feb. 12, agreed to ask the WIAA to approve of MG’s involvement in a co-op wrestling team and a co-op girls hockey team.

District OKs expanded fitness center availability

With the new fitness center open to the public, the Waterloo School Board has agreed to expand the hours of operation.

Input on school forest logging to be accepted Feb. 17

Community feedback on the logging scheduled for the Phillips school forest encompassing a silent sports trail system will be accepted during the Board of Education's regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, at the middle school library.

Dedication celebration to be held at Lake Mills High School

The Lake Mills Area School District will host a dedication celebration and tours at Lake Mills High School on Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Media Center.

Waiver sought for new students at Nuestro Mundo

A longstanding agreement between the Monona Grove and Madison school districts was declared invalid by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), but local officials will seek a waiver of the law to resume to the agreement.

Neenah schools don't plan to sell Pendleton Road property to pay for building improvements

Question: The Neenah school district owns land on Pendleton Road that was purchased years ago for an elementary school, but no school was built or is planned to be built there. Why is the school district hanging onto the property? Couldn’t it be sold to help pay for the referendum project?

Lebanon Elementary to adopt environmental focus

The proposed plan to help keep Lebanon Elementary School open took a big step forward Wednesday.

MMSD staff bathroom use becomes an issue after complaint regarding transgender staff member at Allis

Should Madison Metropolitan School District staff use the same bathrooms as students?

Students address communication of MHS controversies

In a survey of 207 McFarland High School students by school newspaper Spartan Spotlight, 52.4 percent of students across all four grades felt informed and updated about controversial events at MHS. Another 31.1 percent remained neutral.

Commission backs approval of new West High School

“You can’t fight City Hall,” Jack Kerouac once wrote. He never met the neighbors of Sun Prairie West High School, who on Feb. 11 successfully won their fight to change a planned street connection into their neighborhood. Instead of a street, the stub will become a pedestrian-bike path used to access the new school.

'Explicit, structured phonics' a focus of Madison Schools' new literacy curriculum recommendation

Madison Metropolitan School District officials had hoped to recommend a new K-5 literacy curriculum to the School Board this spring.