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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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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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.

The sequestration deadline is today. Most lawmakers are at least uneasy about the across-the-board cuts totaling $85 billion, but negotiations to avoid them have been difficult. Democrats are reluctant to change entitlement programs. Republicans oppose new tax revenue.

Milwaukee Public Schools

In the last several weeks, the news cycle has been filled with stories of young men - many African-American - signing letters of intent to play sports at various American colleges and universities.

Kate H. Jurgens

Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay might be a small Catholic school of about 300 students, but its theatrical undertakings would be daunting for many larger institutions.

MATC

About 30 million Americans have “below basic” prose literacy skills. That’s according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics. People in this category might struggle to read the Harry Potter series in English, let alone get advanced job training. Meanwhile, some Wisconsin employers say they can’t fill job openings because applicants lack the necessary abilities.

Musician Takes Mature Approach to Kids' Music

Feb 1, 2013
Lake Effect

There once was a time when there two kinds of musicians: those who played for kids, and ones who played for grown ups. And there was not much overlap, in the styles of music aimed at the two groups of listeners. That’s changed in the last decade or two, and now it is not such a stretch for a musician to find his or her feet in both worlds.

Argonne National Library

A lot has been written about the effort to attract more women and people of color to what's known as the "STEM" fields - science, technology, engineering, and math. Leaders in all of those fields have spoken of the need to have a future workforce that better reflects the demographics of this country. But where do we actually stand in attracting students to STEM education?

Latino Arts Strings

Oct 29, 2010

Lake Effect contributor Amy Kiley produced our report on the Latino Arts Strings Program. The musicians of the program will be performing for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Day of the Dead Family this Sunday at 1:30 PM.

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