The Department of Public Instruction will temporarily take over three educational programs previously administered by the DNR.

"The DPI, a state agency that administers Wisconsin's public education, will not make any changes to the programs and has no plans to remove references to climate change from the materials."

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Just Got Off the Factory Floor - Wisconsin Awarded 2M Grant to Help Kids

Today we announced the new $2 million New Skills For Youth grant. This grant is going to be a game changer for so many students in Wisconsin.

These skills will lead to good family supporting jobs.


Wisconsin teacher among four finalists for National Teacher of the Year

One of four national finalists for Teacher of the Year hails from Wisconsin, the first time that's happened since 1967.

Sun Prairie Area School District middle school music teacher and band director Chris Gleason is one of the four finalists. He was announced as Wisconsin's middle school teacher of the year in September and the Council of Chief State School Officers announced Monday that he was a finalist for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year award.

"Chris is a recognized leader in education, making music with his students, contributing to his community, and helping fellow educators improve their teaching practice," State Superintendent Tony Evers said at the time. "He will be a fine representative of Wisconsin’s dynamic teaching force in the National Teacher of the Year program."

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And we are off!

 

"Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers will face two challengers in the February primary election in a race that could evolve into a partisan proxy battle over the expansion of school choice in Wisconsin.

Evers and his opponents — Dodgeville School District consultant John Humphries and retired Beloit Superintendent Lowell Holtz — filed nomination papers with the Wisconsin Election Commission by the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday. They will square off in the Feb. 21 primary and the top two vote-getters will advance to the April 4 spring election."

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MPS teacher a finalist for special Grammy award

"Our philosophy was, we wanted a place for every student to be involved in music, no matter what that looked like," Breitbarth said.

Today more than 400 of Reagan's 1,300 students participate in music classes or clubs that focus on history, theory, performance, composition, DJ skills, radio production or musical theater. Breitbarth's impact on that growth attracted the attention of the Grammy Foundation, which named her a finalist for a 2017 Grammy Music Educator Award.

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State Superintendent wants more social workers and health services for students

Superintendent Evers believes $6 million could be the key to save lives.  His proposal includes spending $2.5 million to offer treatment to students on or off campus through community health provides. Another $3 million would help schools hire more social workers. Lastly, another $420,000 would be spent to help train school staff with identifying and responding to mental challenges.

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