School districts are flush with federal cash, but struggling with long-term costs

With the help of federal funds, Wisconsin’s two largest school districts have been able to pay for programs and facility updates that were out of reach three years ago. The Madison Metropolitan School District received about $71.1 million in federal pandemic aid. The first influx was spent on immediate needs like personal protective equipment, air … Read more

For some families, virtual learning was a hit. Wisconsin school districts are trying to meet that need

For most Wisconsin families and students, shifting back to in-person learning last school year after months of learning from home was a relief. But there were some students who found they liked the flexibility of virtual learning, or that they thrived in a virtual environment. As the school year wraps up, districts around the state … Read more

Spring enrollment down at most UW campuses compared with 2021

Spring enrollment data from the University of Wisconsin System show continued declines at many two-year campuses and some four-year universities. Enrollment across all state public colleges and universities showed little change, with an average 1.6 percent decline this spring, according to final UW System data. The average among all four-year universities was down 1.4 percent … Read more

Evers creates $10M grant program for meat processors, continuing state investment in industry

The GOP-led state Legislature gutted Gov. Tony Evers’ plans for an annual grant program for meat processors in last year’s state budget process, allocating only a tenth of the funding originally proposed. But the governor Democratic has found a way around the cut by allocating federal pandemic recovery money for his own program. Evers announced … Read more

Milwaukee on pace to break homicide rate record again this year

The city of Milwaukee is on pace to break its homicide record again this year. The county’s medical examiner, in a tweet early Monday, said there were five homicides over the weekend, and 18 in the last half month. That includes three separate shootings late Saturday and early Sunday on the heels of three shootings … Read more

Deals Vince Biskupic made as a prosecutor and judge raise questions of fairness in Wisconsin’s justice system

Whistleblower unveiled The unnamed whistleblower who wrote the memo exposing the deals was one of Biskupic’s employees, Assistant District Attorney Mike Balskus. In 2002, he wanted to remain anonymous, but he signed a sworn affidavit for the Wisconsin State Journal that his memo was, to his knowledge, true and correct. “I knew that if Vince … Read more

21 injured in 3 separate shootings in Milwaukee after Bucks playoff game

Twenty-one people were injured Friday night in three separate shootings near the crowded Deer District after the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game, with one shooting apparently occurring among heavy police presence in a confrontation between two groups of people, police said. The shootings occurred as thousands of people were in the downtown area surrounding the Fiserv … Read more

Head of Kaukauna’s 1000 Islands Environmental Center offers advice on handling bird flu

The head of a conservancy in Kaukauna said last week that her environmental center hasn’t suffered much directly from the recent strain of avian influenza, but she offered advice to limit its reach on the local ecology. Debra Nowak is the director and a naturalist at 1000 Islands Environmental Center, a 350-acre area on the … Read more

Hundreds gather at state Capitol to push for reproductive rights

Hundreds of supporters of abortion rights gathered at the state Capitol in Madison on Saturday afternoon to rally amid growing concerns that a US Supreme Court decision in the coming weeks will overturn legalized abortion. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin had organized the late-afternoon event. Gov. Tony Evers and US Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., were … Read more

Weekend Roundup: A ‘super flower blood moon’ lunar eclipse visible across Wisconsin Sunday night

A total lunar eclipse will be visible on Sunday night across much of the globe, including Wisconsin. Brian Welsch, an associate professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, told the Appleton Post-Crescent that total lunar eclipses happen fairly often, but the added factors of a “super flower blood moon” makes this instance all … Read more