Wisconsin Education News

May 28, 2020

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

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Sun Prairie offering summer school for students K-12

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. Students can pick from reading, writing and math summer classes from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Sun Prairie School District.

Unified seniors unhappy with drive-through graduation plan, argue for in-person ceremonies

On Friday, ahead of the holiday weekend, Racine Unified Superintendent Eric Gallien sent a communication to families announcing that both the virtual and in-person ceremonies were canceled to be replaced with drive-through ceremonies July 9-11. He added that plans could continue to change between now and then.

Madison residents face greater school funding burden in new budget, report finds

Issues of declining state aid for Madison schools could be exacerbated in a district that has long relied on local revenue to educate students, leaving residents shouldering more of the burden in the face of the continued coronavirus crisis, a new report finds. 

Beloit school board approves partial coach pay

BELOIT—The School District of Beloit Board of Education received updates on how coaches will be paid, news of Hackett and Robinson elementary schools’ award and information on online learning waivers at Tuesday evening’s school board meeting.

Wausau School District Supt. discusses plan for school in the fall

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Wausau School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Hilts is encouraging parents who are uncomfortable sending their kids back in the fall to sign up for WAVE -- the District's virtual school.

Local school district beats the odds

The principals at Hackett and Robinson Elementary Schools in Beloit are likely happy about being singled out by the Department of Public Instruction.

High school prepares for in-person graduation ceremony

WATERFORD, Wis. — A Racine County school is planning to hold an in-person graduation ceremony Sunday.

Neenah High School class of 2020 gathers in cars, trucks and boats for parade amid community cheers

NEENAH - Graduation ceremonies are looking very different for the class of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, including for Neenah High School seniors. 

Madison School District examining reopening guidance as it plans for fall semester

Temperature checks, desks spaced 6 feet apart and lunch in the classroom could be part of the daily routine for Madison students as the school district weighs how or if it can reopen school buildings in the fall.

School District of Janesville projecting structural deficit, considering additional referendum

The School District of Janesville is projecting a structural deficit in the near future, and COVID-19 is only making it worse.

Beaver Dam High School graduation will look different this year

No matter what option families choose for this year’s graduation, the Beaver Dam High School graduation will look very different from years past.

Tomah school budget stable in 2020-21, uncertainties after that

The Tomah Area School District’s 2020-21 budget appears stable, but the outlook beyond that is very uncertain. The Tomah School Board heard the updated budget details during its regular monthly meeting May 18 at Robert Kupper Learning Center.

WUSD officials take cautious approach to budget

Whitewater Unified School District officials have taken a cautious approach in crafting the 2020-21 budget because of a series of unknowns, related to COVID-19.

Former Madison principal, rural superintendent vie to lead Wisconsin's public schools

A former Madison Metropolitan School District principal and a rural schools superintendent have announced their bids to take over as Wisconsin's top education official come next spring. 

Pursell is set to retire … again

Chuck Pursell is making his third attempt at retirement.

Manitowoc Public Schools cancel more summer school activities, set graduation date

MANITOWOC - What was to be the second phase of summer school in the Manitowoc Public School District will not happen this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pomp and masks - Some area high schools opt for later graduation dates

Graduation day is a huge milestone, but this year, many students around the country won’t experience it. Amid a COVID-19 outbreak, many schools are canceling their commencement ceremonies or going virtual. And other school districts are holding them later in the summer.

Fiscal Facts: Uncertainty ahead for school finances in the face of COVID-19

Wisconsin school districts face extraordinary uncertainty in drafting next year’s budgets amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Key questions include whether and how schools will open this fall and whether the drop in state tax collections will mean a cut in state school aids.

Schools rework graduation events to fit safety recommendations

Spring is typically a time of celebration for Badger, Big Foot and Williams Bay’s outgoing high school seniors, with prom and graduation capping off their four-year journey with a bang.

Green Bay school board discusses potential budget cuts

School District of Janesville paying spring sports coaches 50% after initially planning to not pay them at all

JANESVILLE, Wis., (WMTV) -- The School District of Janesville has decided to go back on their decision not to pay spring sports coaches after their seasons were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cambridge teachers wrap up the school year

Nikolay Middle School language arts teacher Sarah Singsime began cleaning out her classroom for the summer recently. The space was frozen in time, she said.

What will school look like in the fall? MPS explores possible options

Clinton student workers prepare for real world during COVID-19

CLINTON—COVID-19 has made some Clinton High School seniors working in essential industries grow up a lot faster.

Wausau East High School principal retires after 25 years

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- With the end of the school year comes retirements and one Wausau East High School employee has retired after 25 years.

Regis High School holds individual in-person commencements

Eau Claire (WQOW)- As schools across the United States hold virtual commencement ceremonies for graduating students, some local graduates are walking across the stage and celebrating with their families.

HUHS hires Carr for new staff post

HARTFORD — The Hartford Union High School District has hired Scott Carr as the district’s director of college/ career readiness and analytics, a new position created recently by the district.