Rachel Morello

Education Reporter

Rachel joined WUWM in January 2016 as the station's first education reporter.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Morello previously covered the education beat for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative public radio/public television reporting project focused on explaining the effects of school-related state policy on people's lives. Her own academic background includes experiences in alternative, public and private schools, as well as homeschooling. 

Rachel is a Milwaukee native and considers herself a proud cheesehead (Go Pack!) She likes to spend her weekends taking advantage of the city's lakefront, as well as its breweries and arts scene. 

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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello flips through her notes to bring us the scoop on news out of area classrooms. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her quiz!

Over the past two weeks, both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature have passed a bill that could impact the way public schools are funded. What does that bill call for?

Along with grades and debt, food is something many college students worry about.

It’s a story we brought you last year, when national data named Wisconsin as one of the states where college kids struggled most with food insecurity.

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February marks “Library Lovers” month -- book nerds everywhere, rejoice!

Scratch that – because it isn’t just readers who benefit from the services public libraries provide.

Even in our current digital age, library use is up around the country – thanks to programming that’s evolved to meet the needs of all different kinds of community members….particularly, students.

College is expensive. It’s elitist. Enrollments are shrinking, along with state budgets for higher education.

These are just a few of the arguments against college these days. Added together, they beg the question: does the U.S. need public universities?

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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello flips through her notebook to bring us the scoop on news out of area schools. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

Winter storms have topped the forecast for Milwaukee-area weather this week – which means many local students have already seen classes cancelled for snow days.

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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello scans through her notes and brings us the scoop on the news out of area schools. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

By now, semester exams have ended for Wisconsin students – which means it’s time for the second semester, and another education news quiz!

This week, we’re sticking to local stories from around the greater Milwaukee metro area.

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In Milwaukee, there are more school options than ever for families to choose from. So many, that making a choice can seem overwhelming to some. With such a wide selection, how do parents go about picking a school for their kids?

This week marks National School Choice Week. And organizers say, the celebration is not just about voucher schools.

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School cafeterias are notorious for dishing up some meals that cause kids to groan, or even pack a bagged lunch, to avoid the day's entree.

But one lunch menu item in Milwaukee Public Schools has been adored for generations – even though it might sound suspect.

What’s the big deal with “mock chicken leg?”

The basics: Mock chicken leg is pork – or in some cases veal, or other meats – ground up, molded to resemble a drumstick, breaded and fried. It looks similar to the original McNugget, only bigger.

Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello scans through her notes and gives us the scoop on what's happening in area schools. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

After a holiday break, students, teachers and staff have returned to Wisconsin’s classrooms to finish the second half of their school year.

Teran Powell

Edward Flynn, the embattled chief of Milwaukee's Police Department, will retire from his post next month. Flynn’s current term was due to continue through January of 2020.

The Milwaukee Police Department confirmed news of Flynn's retirement Monday afternoon, after initial reports had surfaced:

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Think about what gym class was like as a kid.

You probably played badminton or pickle-ball; maybe the prospect of the dodgeball unit sent shivers up your spine.

Nowadays, your standard gym class experience is changing in a handful of schools around the Milwaukee area. Several educators are working to transform physical education to give kids the tools to maintain their health throughout their lives.

At Wauwatosa’s Longfellow Middle School, P.E. staff are taking an extra step.

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As adults, we have a lot of opinions about the way kids these days grow up. We were in their shoes once, and now, we’re in charge of bringing up the next generation.

But when it comes to the big things in kids’ lives – like school -- often times, they’re the ones with the best insights.

As 2017 comes to an end, check out what students had to say about the biggest education news of the year.

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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello flips through her notebook to give us the scoop on what's happening in local schools. This week, she went through her entire 2017 catalog to bring us student voices talking about some of the biggest themes of the year. 

2017 is coming to an end…but for students, it’s only the halfway mark.

After a short holiday break, kids in southeastern Wisconsin will return to class with a full semester ahead of them.

Michelle Maternowski

These days, communities around Wisconsin increasingly look to their schools to develop students beyond reading, writing & arithmetic -- especially as big players like Foxconn join the business landscape. Employers want future employees, and that means giving kids opportunities to hone skills they can’t learn from a textbook.

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With change comes uncertainty -- and uncertain is exactly the vibe on UW-Milwaukee’s campus, as faculty, staff and students begin to learn more about the future of their school.

Wisconsin’s public university system will look different in 2018. Come next fall, UWM will merge with a couple two-year UW campuses.

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