Wisconsin Education News

September 22, 2023

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

Appleton elementary school among eight in Wisconsin to win National Blue Ribbon Award

GRAND CHUTE – An Appleton Area School District elementary school received national praise for its efforts to better serve all students. 

In annual address, state superintendent touts new reading law, defends diversity efforts

As some officials work to undo equity and inclusion efforts in schools, Wisconsin state superintendent Jill Underly on Thursday made diversity the central theme of her annual "State of Education" address, painting a picture of schools "on a precipice."

Neenah High School's artificial turf costs $525,000 and has shock pad to reduce injuries

The purchase and installation of the artificial turf at Neenah High School cost $524,808. The expense was part of the $171 million cost of the new school, which is located at 500 Rocket Way in Fox Crossing.

Beaver Dam School Board Reviews District’s Long-Range Facility Plan

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board reviewed the district’s long-range facility master plan and process at their meeting this week.

Bay Port Band brings big presence to the field

Although halftime at a football typically draws people to the concession stand for a mid-game snack, the Bay Port Band’s halftime performance gives audiences a reason to rethink that popcorn run as nearly 200 students take their places on the field wielding instruments, flags and other props.

Leadership academy: How Little Chute's senior QB is using his voice to better the team

Little Chute's senior quarterback Charlie VandenBurgt is hoping to use the leadership skills he's learning in a school program to make the team more successful and cohesive.

‘Secure Pathways’ project nearly complete at Janesville schools

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - The main entrance at Monroe Elementary School is now more secure than ever before. This school year, visitors to any Janesville school will notice some significant changes when entering.

Task force to recommend new high school campus for De Pere school district

DE PERE (NBC 26) — NBC 26 has learned that a recommendation to build a new high school campus is in the works on De Pere's east side.

School bus frustrations continue

Like many other school districts, Oconto Falls continues to struggle with a shortage of available school bus drivers as the new school year progresses.

Tips to State DOJ Website Tied to Arrest Following School Threats

(Robin Colbert, WRN/WIBA) A state website devoted to taking tips about school safety concerns gets some credit in a recent arrest near Madison.

New London reviews school budget

The New London School Board approved an 18% increase in the district’s 2023-24 tax levy at its Sept. 11 meeting.

Neillsville School Board Approves Early Graduation Requests, Field Trips, and More

The Neillsville School Board heard a couple updates at their meeting on Monday.

TDS, Forward Madison give $6K, rooftop party to Madison-area charter school district

Madison’s TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS) and Forward Madison kicked off the new academic year by supporting a Madison-area charter school district.

Luxemburg-Casco Middle School introduces new policy removing access to smart devices during school

LUXEMBURG, Wis. (WFRV) – A new pilot initiative has been implemented at Luxemburg-Casco Middle School students are not allowed to access their smart devices during the school day.

Jill Underly stresses importance of DEI, hope for schools

State Superintendent Jill Underly reiterated her support for diversity, equity and inclusion in Wisconsin’s public schools Thursday even as a state Republican leader continues to push the state’s universities to end its DEI initiatives.

Alarming rise in mental health issues among Wisconsin teen girls: A call for heightened awareness and intervention

GREEN BAY (WLUK) - Wisconsin teens, especially girls, are struggling with their mental health. That's according to data from the CDC. Officials with the Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health call the statistics alarming.

Wedgewood Park International School one of three MPS schools with IB

Three MPS schools have been accepted into the International Baccalaureate program after a rigorous, multiyear application process. The program encourages critical thinking and helps prep students for post secondary life in a global society.

Wisconsin Ag Secretary Romanski visits local schools to learn about agriculture education

LA CROSSE (WKBT) -- Logan and Central High School students have a new chance to learn about a major industry.