Wisconsin Education News

February 22, 2018

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


Committee recommends keeping ‘Mockingbird’ in curriculum (Monona Cottage Grove © 02/22/2018)

A Monona Grove School District committee voted to recommend “To Kill A Mockingbird” remain part of the curriculum in a high school freshman English class.

County school leaders balk at talk of teachers' carrying guns (La Crosse Tribune © 02/21/2018)

While the Wisconsin attorney general and two legislators have indicated openness to allowing teachers and other school staffers to carry guns, area school officials have qualms of varying degrees about packing heat.

Marinette School Board Adopts New Set Of Value Statements (Peshtigo Times © 02/21/2018)

Culminating months of work, meetings, community surveys and ongoing discussions by a design team of school staff and volunteers led by Jo Miller, CESA 8 Director of Continuous Improvement, Marinette School Board on Tuesday, Feb. 20 adopted a new set of values, vision and mission statements for the district.

New option on the table for crowded elementary schools (Rhinelander Star Journal © 02/22/2018)

The School District of Rhinelander is looking to alleviate overcrowding at the district’s elementary schools. It’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few years, superintendent Kelli Jacobi said, because the time hasn’t been right. But now it may be.

Plans for Little Red Nature Campus de­layed (Eau Claire Leader Telegram © 02/22/2018)

Parents behind the proposed Little Red Nature Campus are postponing their grant application until 2019, citing more research that needs to be done before the grant’s impending deadline.

PWHS construction, financing on track (Ozaukee Press © 02/22/2018)

As the second phase of the Port Washington High School construction project, including its sprawling arena-style gym, takes shape, the plan to finance the work is exceeding expectations.

Riveredge, Fredonia district plan to launch charter school (Ozaukee Press © 02/22/2018)

Riveredge Nature Center is planning to launch a nature-based, elementary charter school sponsored by the Northern Ozaukee School District where students would spend most of the day outside studying subjects normally taught in classrooms.

School facilities committee recommends spending $88 million on improvements(Monona Cottage Grove © 02/22/2018)

A preliminary recommendation by the Monona Grove School District Facilities Advisory Committee is all encompassing in that it proposes remodeling five schools in the district, building a new school, tackling maintenance issues and building new athletic facilities – all at a cost of about $88 million.

Unified stresses seriousness of making threats (Racine Journal Times © 02/21/2018)

RACINE — In a letter sent to families on Wednesday, the Racine Unified School District — along with local law enforcement — stressed the seriousness of making threats of violence at or toward a school. The letter was written in both English and Spanish and was also sent to parents via voice message.

Vote on location of new Chippewa Falls school ends in tie (Eau Claire Leader Telegram © 02/21/2018)

CHIPPEWA FALLS — A plan to keep Stillson Elementary School in the town of Lafayette failed Tuesday on a 3-3 vote. 

Community can help Waupaca Learning Center win grant for accessible playground(Post Crescent © 02/22/2018)

WAUPACA - The Waupaca Learning Center could win a grant to make its playground as inclusive as its classrooms, but the school needs the community's help.

Eau Claire superintendent speaks about a bill concerning armed guards in schools(WQOW ABC 18 © 02/21/2018)

Eau Claire (WQOW)- After the Florida school shooting, one of the most common questions on social media, "what if we could put armed guards in every school?" Well, yesterday the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to do just that.

Nothing virtual about RVA growth (Medford Star News © 02/22/2018)

The Medford school district is hoping to tap into recently released federal money to expand the fast-growing Rural Virtual Academy (RVA).

Voters approve two school-district building referendums (Milwaukee Daily Reporter © 02/22/2018)

Voters approved two school-district building referendums as part of Tuesday’s primary elections.

Voters in West Salem approve school referendum (WKBT TV © 02/21/2018)

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) - Residents in the West Salem School District had a school referendum on the ballot in Tuesday's primary election. 

Reps. weigh in on armed teacher bill (WAOW © 02/21/2018)

CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) - A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to arm private and tribal school teachers with guns.