WUWM: Education Reporting

There’s a lot to know about our schools - from the systems at large down to individual students. WUWM's job is to take you into classrooms, introduce you to the people involved and explain the complicated stuff.

No matter how education touches your life - whether you're a parent, student, teacher or just interested in better understanding how learning happens - we want your ideas to help shape the stories we cover.

What do YOU want to know about education in southeastern Wisconsin? Let's learn together.

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Serve 2 Unite

The tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin one year ago ignited an organization to form to help prevent future tragedies from happening.

Kaufmanmusiccenter.org

Musicians from Wisconsin and beyond gathered in Waunakee this summer to learn about a Swiss music education method.

Good Nutrition Takes Center Stage…Literally

Jul 12, 2013
Martin Cathrae, Flickr

 Milwaukee Public Theatre says "Eat Your Vegetables!"

Former Journalist to Head Wis. Think Tank

Jun 28, 2013
afagen, flickr

As one of Wisconsin's think tanks, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute strives to shape public policy and bring transparency to government.

So it comes as no surprise that its new director spent years as a journalist doing just that.

Mine Protests Continue

Jun 24, 2013
Pete Rasmussen

Machinery is rumbling in parts of Wisconsin's Penokee Hills as protestors gather nearby.

Voucher Program Could Expand Statewide

May 30, 2013

Republican negotiators are considering a plan to expand Wisconsin's Choice or voucher program statewide, according to a report by the Associated Press.

LEGO as an Educational Tool for Arts and Creativity

May 30, 2013
DePaul University

LEGO has been a part of childhood for many of us, but for some, it is also their career. Andrew Johnson is a LEGO Master Model Builder in Chicago.

GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker don't yet see eye-to-eye on expanding Wisconsin's school Choice or voucher program and creating a charter school board, so the Legislature's budget committee has delayed action on the items.

Ann-Elise Henzl

The Joint Committee on Finance was expected to vote on the school vouchers on Wednesday; however, lawmakers adjourned without taking action on the item.

Lynden Sculpture Garden

What challenges are there to homeschooling children, and what misconceptions do others have about this in-home learning?

Forty-five states including Wisconsin have adopted what’s known as common core standards.  They’re federal criteria outlining what students should learn in math and English at specified grade levels and how it should be taught.

What Parents Want in Afterschool Programs

May 22, 2013
Fort Rucker/Flicker

A new report says convenience trumps quality for parents when it comes to picking an afterschool program.

Wisconsin is not the first state to question its universities’ books according to Kevin Kiley, a reporter with the online publication Inside Higher Education. Kiley says other states have also assumed they’ve stumbled upon a surplus, then learned otherwise.

Hayes Bilingual School in Milwaukee scores 62.2 on the state report card system. That means it’s just shy of meeting expectations. Most MPS schools fall at or below that level, but Hayes is different. Its growth score is 86 – well above the state average. The school’s dual-immersion approach seems to be generating improvements in both math and reading.

Some public school advocates are sounding alarms over several issues in Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget. They point to essentially unchanged state aid and a call for expanding the state's voucher program as new challenges to Wisconsin's public school systems. Some also say that the effort to reward higher-performing schools would come at the expensive of schools already facing a steep climb, in districts such as Milwaukee Public Schools.

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