Archive for February, 2013

Running Rebels serves at-risk youths from within

Yesterday, I had the chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee with three members of a group I’d never heard of before, but I’m glad I do now. They make up the leadership of Running Rebels, a 32-year-old vision of its founder, Victor Barnett. Along with his co-executive director and wife, Dawn, […]

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School board candidate: Claire Zautke

School board elections take place on April and in order to help you make a more informed decision at the polls in this race, which often flies under the radar, we’ve asked each of the seven candidates – running for four seats on the 9-member board (there are eight regional districts and one at-large seat) […]

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Governor’s budget starves public schools while choice schools prosper

Governor’s budget starves public schools while choice schools prosper

In an unusual Sunday morning release, Governor Scott Walker unveiled a funding proposal for K-12 public education that will weaken schools and diminish opportunities for students. “Two years ago the Governor took $1.6 billion in educational opportunities away from kids,” said Tom Beebe, project director of Opportunity to Learn-Wisconsin. “Those tragic cuts came on the […]

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An old neighborhood landmark gets a new lease on life

We often rue the loss of old buildings. Especially ones that were near and dear to us. And no buildings fit that bill more than schools, where we grew up. It’s a shame, for example, that schools like Jefferson (at Juneau Village), Jackson in the Third Ward, 18th Street (now a parking lot) and 21st […]

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School board candidate: David Voeltner

School board elections take place on April and in order to help you make a more informed decision at the polls in this race, which often flies under the radar, we’ve asked each of the seven candidates – running for four seats on the 9-member board (there are eight regional districts and one at-large seat) […]

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School board candidate: Angel Sanchez

School board elections take place on April and in order to help you make a more informed decision at the polls in this race, which often flies under the radar, we’ve asked each of the seven candidates – running for four seats on the 9-member board (there are eight regional districts and one at-large seat) […]

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Central Wisconsin school funding reform community group gains support from around the state

Central Wisconsin school funding reform community group gains support from around the state

Stevens Point  – School Funding Reform for Wisconsin, a grassroots community organization based in Stevens Point, is continuing its challenge to state legislators to change the way Wisconsin’s public schools are funded. “Last month we urged state legislators to approve and enact Superintendent Evers’ plan asking all state legislators to respond to a set of […]

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Education leaders call on state to renew Wisconsin’s commitment to public schools

Education leaders call on state to renew Wisconsin’s commitment to public schools

The upcoming release of the governor’s proposed state budget draws our attention to the future, and in particular that of Wisconsin’s children. As a state we have valued a tradition of offering educational opportunities to all of our students, whatever their circumstances or dreams might be. What our past has taught us and what we […]

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Daddy/Daughter Dance helps build bond

Cedric Banks knows how tough it can be to raise a daughter to expect the men in her life to treat her right. That’s why sometimes the first date should be with Dad. “She knows to expect the guy to open the door for her, or to pull out her chair. She knows that because […]

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We have the opportunity to reinvest in Wisconsin’s public schools

We have the opportunity to reinvest in Wisconsin’s public schools

By Amy Traynor We are in a time of great change for our public schools. We are adopting new standards, implementing new testing and accountability initiatives, and implementing all kinds of other reforms. At the same time, districts across the state are having to ask voters for more resources through referendums because of state and […]

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School board candidate: Tatiana Joseph

School board elections take place on April and in order to help you make a more informed decision at the polls in this race, which often flies under the radar, we’ve asked each of the seven candidates – running for four seats on the 9-member board (there are eight regional districts and one at-large seat) […]

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Infinite Campus likely to be Wisconsin statewide school information system (Updated)

Infinite Campus likely to be Wisconsin statewide school information system (Updated)

In an offer tax breaks if they offered the lowest bid. Though not the home team, Infinite Campus is no stranger to Wisconsin, as it currently provides the information systems for dozens of districts all across the state, like Madison, Greenfield, West Allis-West Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Mukwanago. If any readers with IC experience want […]

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Ruminations on the modern report card

I admit I was kind of excited when my eldest child started getting report cards. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t so excited to get my own as a kid and I know for sure I wasn’t eager to share my high school reports with my parents. But, recently, my kids and I looked at – […]

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