Wisconsin Education News

August 18, 2022

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

Making schools safer and more affirming for LGBTQ+ & BIPOC students is at the core of GSAFE's work. This training will provide a brief overview of best practices for administrators and other school leaders, offer an intersectional lens, and offer strategies for navigating the current moment of increased pushback and challenges to practices that increase the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth and their availability for learning.  This FREE session is intended for Wisconsin school district administrators and leaders. Participants are required to register with an official school email address. Please email [email protected] with questions.

DPI COVID Guidance Revised After CDC Releases New Guidance for Schools

DPI’s COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Measures for Wisconsin Schools was updated to reflect the new CDC guidance, particularly around managing symptomatic and ill students using the new isolation guidelines from CDC.

Required Assurance Due September 1: Model Special Education Policies and Procedures and IEP Forms

As a condition of funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Wisconsin law, local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to establish written policies and procedures for implementing federal special education laws.  The Model Local Educational Agency Special Education Policies and ProceduresModel Policies for Independent Charter Schoolsand Sample Special Education Forms are available to help LEAs meet their obligation to establish and implement special education requirements. Please note the model policies have been updated this year to align with the revisions in the disability categories requirements in PI 11.36, Wis. Admin. Code and seclusion and restraint in Wis. Stat. § 118.305.

Lovenberg Prepares to Lead the BMS-BHS Wildcat Learning Community

To this end, the School District of Belleville is proud to announce Michael Lovenberg as its new Middle and High School Principal

Merrill School Board To Bring Back Referendum Question

MERRILL, WI. (WAOW-WSAU) — The Merrill Area Public School District will be trying to pass the same referendum that failed in April.

Beaver Dam District Staff Will Meet To Discuss School Board’s Salary Offer

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam School District staff members will meet Thursday to discuss the school board’s offer for this year’s salary.

Bangor School District Board of Education votes to move forward with referendum question

BANGOR, Wis. (WEAU) -At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Bangor School District Board of Education voted to place a capital, or facilities, referendum on the Nov. 8, 2022, ballot.

La Crosse School District has 20 open positions, many in teacher-support roles

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The La Crosse School District is short 20 positions, many of them in teacher-support roles, according to Director of Human Resources Matt Wenthe.

Families budgeting hundreds of dollars for school meals for first time in years after federal program expires

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- School nutritionists and education leaders throughout the state say the end of a free school meal program could negatively impact student nutrition this year.

Black River Falls School vandalized, delaying the building’s start date

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - Forrest Street Elementary in Black River Falls was vandalized on August 10, delaying the building’s start to the school year.

MPS challenged to have teacher for every classroom

MILWAUKEE — Having a teacher for every classroom is the challenge that Milwaukee Public Schools are facing as the new school year begins.

'Sense of disappointment:' Students, parents express concern after Kettle Moraine School Board bans use of Pride flags, pronouns by district staff

WALES, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Pride flags and pronouns have created a lightning rod of attention and concern in the Kettle Moraine School District after the district board upheld its decision to prohibit the use of displays of support for the LGBTQ community -- as well as other things -- among district staff.

Marinette Rightsizing Nearing Completion

The Marinette School Board of Education met Tuesday, August 16 at 6 p.m.

MMSD welcomes more than 400 new educators to help fill teacher shortage

MADISON (WKOW) -- Many school districts across the state are struggling with teacher shortages. Wednesday, the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) welcomed more than 400 teachers and staff to its new educator orientation for their "first day of school."

Coleman Schools Preparing For Sept. 1 Start Of Classes

Preparations for the start of the 2022/2023 school year for students of Coleman School District on Thursday, Sept. 1 will be among discussion items at the Coleman School board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22.

Dr. Jill Underly previews the new school year in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — After several unprecedented school years thanks to COVID-19, schools across Wisconsin are preparing for a more normal school year ahead, even as the pandemic continues to sputter along.

Board member backs move to allow guns in schools

As students shop Walmart’s back-to-school section, Northern Ozaukee School Board Vice President Daniel Large wants their teachers to have the option of adding guns and ammunition to their personal back-to-school shopping list.

Start of school year delayed due to construction in Oconto

OCONTO, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oconto Unified School District has delayed the start of the 2022-23 school year by a few days due to ongoing construction.

Wisconsin Has Faced a Teacher Shortage for Years. Some Schools Are Finally Reaching Their Tipping Point.

It’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, two weeks before the start of a new school year. Rich Appel is stressed.

WASD Board Reviews Information on the Riverview Facility Study and Community Survey

The Wautoma Area School Board of Education met for their work meeting on Aug. 15 at Wautoma High School to discuss the updated information regarding the Riverview Facility Study and Community Survey.

Wild Rose Area School Board approves several personnel appointments

The Wild Rose School Board approved the following personnel appointments during an Aug. 8 meeting:

WR School District budget hearing & annual meeting

The Wild Rose School District held a budget hearing and the annual meeting on Aug. 8.

Here's how a new high school inside the former Fancher schoolhouse near Amherst aims to 'reinvent' public education

STOCKTON – A new public high school that will open this fall in Central Wisconsin aims to offers smaller class sizes, student-directed learning and community partnerships while helping students discover their career pathways.