WUWM News

Rachel Morello

Imagine someone hands you a bonus -- a few hundred extra dollars. How would you spend the money? That’s a question facing Wisconsin school districts.

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

The students at Fernwood Montessori, an MPS school in Bay View, already raise perch and grow vegetables, so to add composting seemed like a no brainer.

At lunchtime, the kids dutifully line up to toss their leftovers into the proper bin. Even the partitioned trays are biodegradable.

Justin Hegarty

The City of Milwaukee is piloting home compost pick-up and its proving to be very popular. The maximum number of sign-ups -- 500 households scattered throughout Bay View, the East Side, Harambee and Riverwest -- was reached in just eight days last September, and now there's a wait list.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke does not have to reveal anything about the prisoners he is detaining for federal immigration authorities, according to a ruling Friday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It sided with the sheriff in the legal battle.

smolaw11 / fotolia

All MPS students will soon have to wear uniforms. The Milwaukee School Board approved a new district-wide dress code at its monthly meeting Thursday night.

Until now, MPS has left it up to each individual school how to structure its dress code. About one-third of the district’s schools currently require uniforms. A lot of those uniforms look similar, even though there hasn’t been one standard across MPS.

RAFAEL BEN-ARI, FOTOLIA

The bill Republican state Rep. Jesse Kremer says he will likely re-introduce would require Wisconsin public school students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. that correspond with their birth gender.

He made his statement on the same day President Trump rescinded federal guidelines from the Obama administration that encouraged public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that correlate with their gender identity.

Marti Mikkelson

Members of Milwaukee’s immigrant communities gathered at City Hall on Wednesday to denounce the Trump administration’s updated deportation strategy. He has ordered federal authorities to enforce immigration laws more aggressively, including deporting people arrested for minor offenses.

One person standing with unauthorized immigrants is Elana Kahn of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. She says her relatives could have easily been subjected to an immigration crackdown nearly 100 years ago.

Rachel Morello

Concern over new federal immigration policies has spread to local school districts. 

Joshua Lott/ACLU

Update: In response to the ACLU lawsuit, the Milwaukee Police Department says it does not use a stop-and-frisk policy. MPD spokesman Timothy Gauerke emailed a statement to WUWM reading, "Traffic stops in high crime areas have been proven to reduce the number of non-fatal shootings, robberies and motor vehicle thefts."

Michelle Maternowski

Dozens of local people who long to hear civil political dialogue got to experience a bit of it Tuesday night.

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosted a forum to discuss our polarized political climate – and how we might cross the divide.

Incumbent Tony Evers and former Whitnall Superintendent Lowell Holtz will continue to vie for the job of Wisconsin's Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the general Election set for April 4. 

Kate Redmond

People have been shedding their winter layers over the last few days, as spring-like temperatures have settled in Wisconsin. We’re used to meteorologists talking about occasional record high and low temperatures – but long stretches like this are less common.

Marti Mikkelson

As the Trump administration considers tightening the rules over which immigrants and refugees can be in the country, one local church is preparing itself to serve as a sanctuary, if needed. Members of the Casa de Restauracion church in New Berlin say they can transform the building on a moment’s notice.

The Jewish community feels increasingly targeted by harassment, vandalism and expression, according to the federation's Jewish Community Relations Council. It reviewed incidents brought to its attention in 2016 and found several trends, over the previous year. One was an increase in anti-Semitic harassment among middle and high school students, as well as more reports of anti-Semitism on Wisconsin college campuses. Another increase the council reported was of swastika graffiti, and a third was anti-Semitic slurs.

Marti Mikkelson

The lines have been non-stop at the Milwaukee City Clerk’s office – of people applying for the new Municipal ID card. They cannot use it for voting, but can use it for such things as opening a bank account or accessing prescriptions, if they don’t have any other kind of government ID.

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