The end of a pre-empted school year is approaching and many students, teachers and parents across the state have been navigating learning at home since schools closed in March. Deputy State Superintendent Michael Thompson joins us to explain how districts are coping, as well as what the future holds for ...
May 13, 2020
Among the sectors affected by the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic is the state’s university system, prompting UW System President Ray Cross to release a scaling-down plan late last week. “The University of Wisconsin System must refine the missions of its comprehensive universities to provide greater institutional distinctiveness and ...
May 11, 2020 • South Central Region
Rebecca Blank, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor, discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on campus, furloughs, budget cuts, online classes, freshman enrollment, and what the situation might be like in the fall when classes resume.
May 8, 2020 • South Central Region
The state’s flagship campus will institute furloughs as state agencies face a 5% reduction in general purpose revenue.
April 29, 2020
Parents and districts troubleshoot how to continue education while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
March 16, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a Republican plan to lower taxes with state surplus money, asking Republican leaders to come back to the table over K-12 funding. Republicans said the veto was an opportunity missed to lower taxes for Wisconsinites.
February 28, 2020
A January report from the UW-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development identifies a correlation between student debt trends having a negative impact on local economies, using the corresponding rise in student debt with declining rates of homeownership and business start-ups.
February 13, 2020
The rapid growth of student loan debt has grabbed the attention of state lawmakers saying it could impact Wisconsin's economy. Nick Hillman, director of the Student Success Through Applied Research Lab says a serious lack of data will make it difficult to tackle the issue.
February 12, 2020
Governor Tony Evers called a special session late this week to advocate for more state funding for K-12 education.
February 10, 2020
Last month, the Department of Public Instruction endorsed "explicit and systemic" phonics instruction in Wisconsin schools. At the 2020 Wisconsin State Education Convention, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor announced that the agency will now endorse statewide phonics instruction to teach fundamental reading skills. As the state of ...
February 6, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers called a special session Thursday to advocate for more state funding for K-12 education. He said the goal of the session should be to return state contribution to two-thirds of local districts’ costs. “I've always said that what's best for our kids is what's best for our ...
February 6, 2020
This week Vice President Pence visited the Wisconsin State Capitol to celebrate National School Choice Week. Here & Now Reporter Marisa Wojcik reported on the Vice President’s visit, which is notably the state capitol’s first visit from a sitting vice president on record.
January 31, 2020
This week The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, released results finding Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap in the country. Scores show the gap between Black and white students increasing in both math and reading.
December 4, 2019 • Northern Region
State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor elaborates on the State of Education in Wisconsin. The superintendent speaks to the decline in statewide achievement scores and other factors that impact students across the state.
September 27, 2019 • South Central Region
The Republican Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt and Democratic Committee Member Rep. LaKeshia Myers address the declining school test score results. The 2018-2019 statewide test score results show a decline in student performance overall. Scores from tests such as the ACT also show that the achievement gap between Black and white students persists.
September 20, 2019 • Northeast Region
The 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, but not all women. Wisconsin Rep. Shelia Stubbs joins us to today to talk about the lesser-known history of the women’s suffrage movement that excluded women of color and why this part of the story shouldn’t be forgotten.
August 14, 2019
State university officials are voicing concerns over the tuition freeze and a lack of funding to support it. UW System President Ray Cross says the system cannot maintain quality without investment. “We think people across the state need to understand the value of the university in their lives,” Cross says.
August 2, 2019
There is a bi-partisan effort to add money to a fund that helps forgive loan debt for minority teachers. Connie Hutchison helps administer the program as executive secretary of the Higher Education Aids Board. She says that changes to the program will likely attract more people.
June 21, 2019
Declining enrollments and complicated funding streams are making it harder and harder for rural schools to keep the lights on. Kim Kaukl, director if the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, joins us to talk about this seemingly inescapable pattern and talk about his own story in Spring Valley.
June 12, 2019 • West Central Region
The state’s budget writing committee passed a funding plan for the UW System, over objections from system president Ray Cross and academic faculty. Sharing concerns from the university community is chemistry professor and former PROFS president Judith Burstyn. She says university staff are feeling the burden of lower salaries than peer institutions.
May 31, 2019
Republicans and Democrats remain $900 million apart on funding for K-12 education, with the GOP plan passing the Joint Finance Committee this week. Breaking down the competing plans are Sen. Luther Olsen and Rep. Chris Taylor. Olsen says the Republican plan provides the type of funding Evers asks for, while Taylor says it prioritizes tax breaks over school funding.
May 24, 2019
After a year and a half of turbulence, UW-Stevens Point has pulled back from a plan to cut liberal arts majors and tenured faculty positions. But professor and librarian Nerissa Nelson is cautious about celebrating this fact too quickly. She argues that the process has caused distrust and the solution came at too great a great cost.
May 15, 2019 • West Central Region
Delving into education funding in the state budget is UW-Madison education professor Julie Underwood. She discusses the likelihood Gov. Tony Evers’s education funding will pass the budgeting process, and whether the funds will meet the needs of teachers in the state.
April 12, 2019
UW-Madison journalism professor Michael Wagner discusses a new article he co-authored that looks at Wisconsin’s media diet and partisan leanings. He says that as the country becomes more polarized, fewer people are inclined to split their ticket in the voting booth.
April 5, 2019
With the ongoing teacher shortage in the state, Unified School District of Antigo Superintendent Julie Sprague discusses the challenges she faces in her district. She says “districts have difficulties payer teachers what they’re worth,” and that to make up the shortfall they will have to issue provisional licenses or hire retired teachers.
March 29, 2019 • Northern Region
UW System President Ray Cross discusses how the new state budget impacts the university system. “The investment being proposed gives us the support we need [to freeze tuition],” Cross says. He also touches on issues around the system, including a vote of no confidence for the leadership of UW-Stevens Point saying he is optimistic about the school’s future.
March 8, 2019
Noon Wednesday with guest Matthew Wolfgram. Why do so many barriers exist for refugees to go to college? Matthew Wolfgram from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research sought to answer this question and he joins us to tell us about his findings.
February 6, 2019
Carolyn Stanford Taylor, the newly-appointed State School Superintendent of Public Instruction says "we will focus on closing gaps." Taylor served the past 17 years as Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Learning Support. She has an education degree from UW-Madison, was a teacher and principal in the Madison School District and served as president of the local teachers union.
January 11, 2019 • Southeast Region