Proposals to update the state’s nearly 30-year-old revenue scheme stall out in the Legislature as voters increasingly are asked to OK new spending.
Drop out or drown in debt? Many Black students in Wisconsin face stark choices in paying for college
Cutting or eliminating student loan debt would ‘change everything,’ says one Black University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee alum struggling with a six-figure debt.
As semester ends in Wisconsin, COVID-19 fears shrink — while concerns of academic slide grow
Schools are not the superspreader sites that many feared, but research indicates U.S. students fell behind in math during the pandemic
Wisconsin schools ‘whipsawing’ as COVID-19 hits rural districts
As infections in the state surge, some rural schools are forced to suspend in-person instruction or integrate virtual students into classrooms.
Pizza lunches and iPads: A single mom speaks to her son about returning to school
Jessica Barrera said her son Niko did well learning at home after coronavirus shuttered schools nationwide this spring. She has decided to continue with remote learning for him this year as well.
Wisconsin’s rural students face a digital divide as some return to screens instead of school
Schools in Wisconsin have spent millions of dollars on hotspots to help students with poor internet service learn online as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on.
‘Regulatory vacuum’ exposes Wisconsin children to lead in drinking water at schools, day care centers
Gaps in federal drinking water standards enforced by the state leave numerous school and day care sites untested for lead in drinking water; numerous lead service lines remain.
Wisconsin schools, day care centers slated for lead service line removal under new DNR program
Eighteen communities in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, plan to replace lead lines leading to schools and day care centers. View the areas of the state where the work is planned.
Early environment can change your brain
Studies show poverty damages the brains of very poor children. Early interventions and raising the standard of living of poor families could help close Wisconsin’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap.
Affordable rent, stable housing help some residents succeed
Stable housing plays a key role in ensuring academic success.
Apartment learning centers seek to shrink achievement gap for children and adults
Community learning centers in Madison and Milwaukee offer a promising method of shrinking academic achievement gaps.
Wisconsin’s black-white achievement gap worst in nation despite decades of efforts
Students like Demitrius Kigeya thrive in Wisconsin despite the worst black-white achievement gap in the nation. The state ranks the worst in the nation for the difference between how well black and white students perform, the likelihood that black students will be suspended from school and the difference between black and white student graduation rates.