Wisconsin Education News

June 14, 2024

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

Antigo School Board votes to raise teacher salaries

ANTIGO — At a meeting Monday night, the Antigo School Board voted to increase the salaries of teachers at the top end of its pay scale by $1,000 per year, as well as to provide a 50 cent hourly raise to all support staff.

Antigo School Board names Deborah Wagner director of special education & pupil services

ANTIGO — The Unified School District of Antigo Board of Education has named Deborah Wagner as the district’s director of special education and pupil services.

Discipline issues and race highlight discussion on failed Beloit school tax referendum

BELOIT — Discipline, race and transparency were three repeated themes heard Wednesday during the first of what the School District of Beloit promised will be a series of listening sessions focused on its failed April referendum.

Milwaukee School Board approves $1.5 billion budget amid accounting crisis

Milwaukee School Board members approved a $1.5 billion budget Thursday night while they are still uncovering the full consequences of severe accounting failures by administrators who have left the district.

MPSD to Not Fill Two School Pools

The Manitowoc Public School District won’t be using some of their school’s pools next year. In a district plan memo, MPSD did an assessment of the pools at Riverview Elementary plus Washington and Wilson Middle School.

Rollin’ Readers aims to keep students learning through the summer

WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) - The D.C. Everest School District kicked off its “Rollin’ Readers” summer program on Monday. Staff from across the school district volunteered to hand out free books to students at various places around Weston, Rothschild and Schofield.

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty issues warning to School District of Beloit

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty says the School District of Beloit’s grow-your-own multicultural teacher scholarship program is unconstitutional and illegal.

In Hudson School Board meeting, an update on enrollment

Hudson High School estimates an enrollment of 1,649 students for the 2024-25 school year, according to a June 5 report from school district representatives.  Hudson Superintendent Nick Ouellette added a few caveats with that number: like how it only represents the number of students taking five or more classes — and that the number can change over the summer.

State officials approve MPS' action plan but require more progress

Milwaukee Public Schools is on its way to regaining suspended state aid, as state officials have approved a plan for the district to complete overdue financial reports and address serious flaws in the district's accounting practices. The district's corrective action plan was also approved by the Milwaukee School Board Thursday night.

MPS could be docked $35 million to $50 million in aid due to errors, DPI estimates

Milwaukee Public Schools could be docked between $35 million and $50 million in state aid for the next school year due to previous accounting errors by the district, according to initial estimates that the state Department of Public Instruction provided to the Journal Sentinel on Thursday afternoon.

VASD shares safety and security update

Verona Area School District (VASD) Deputy Superintendent Chad Wiese shared a safety and security update with the Board of Education on Monday, June 3, noting that overall, it was a “very safe” school year.

Drummond School District choir to sing with Foreigner

t’s not everyday that someone gets to sing on stage alongside a classic rock ’n roll band, but the Drummond Area School District choir will get that opportunity in September when they perform with Foreigner in Duluth.

Milwaukee parents, activists launch school board recall

(The Center Square) – There is now a recall effort to replace Milwaukee’s school board. A group of parents and activists said they are looking to recall half of MPS’ board of directors, including President Marva Herndon, Vice President Jilly Gokalgandhi, Erica Siemsen and Missy Zomber.

Washington Island Team Finishes 19th in World

For the third year in a row, Wisconsin’s smallest school qualified a team for the international finals for design, development and maneuvering of a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). The Washington Island Fast and Furious team was the top middle school team out of two from Wisconsin and finished 19th out of 71 teams from all over the world in the international Sea Perch finals. Washington Island teams finished 14th in the world in 2022 and 22nd in 2023.

Dept. of Public Instruction: State superintendent statement on MPS corrective action plan

MADISON — State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly today released the following statement regarding an update from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to a corrective action plan with Milwaukee Public Schools: