Bill seeks to boost money for rural schools after funds were axed from state budget


Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) are proposing legislation that would boost funding for rural schools by almost $10 million after a similar provision was carved out of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-’19 budget. > Sheboygan Press

Walker prolific with his vetoes to new state budget


Gov. Scott Walker is revising nearly 100 areas of the state’s new budget with his line-item veto power, axing a plan championed by Assembly Republicans to increase revenue for school districts that spend less than others and dramatically curtailing a popular state tax credit that helps restore historic buildings. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin submits Evers’ Education Accountability Plan to Trump, DeVos


Wisconsin has submitted a federally required school improvement plan to President Trump’s administration over objections from Gov. Walker and conservative groups that it doesn’t do enough to embrace innovative ideas, such as expanding private school choice programs. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has four months to review Wisconsin’s plan and is likely to approve it. > FOX 21 Superior

Walker objects to Evers’ Wisconsin Education Plan


Gov. Walker objected to Wisconsin’s education accountability plan, saying it doesn’t embrace enough innovative ideas to help struggling schools. Walker sent a letter to state Superintendent Tony Evers asking him to rework the plan, which all states must submit to the federal government by Monday. Evers is a Democratic challenger for governor in 2018. > AP News

GOP budget shortchanges Wisconsin students


State Sen. Chris Larson: Two months past the due date, the Joint Finance committee finally took up the education budget and voted to shortchange our kids once again. The delay also means school payments are delayed until Gov. Walker gets around to signing and/or vetoing their final budget. Our kids deserve better. > Cap Times

Why is Milwaukee so bad for black people?


Milwaukee is a vibrant city known for its breweries and ethnic festivals and can be a great place to live — unless you’re black. Statistically, it is one of the worst places in the country for African-Americans to reside. Here’s a breakdown of how — and why — being black in Brew City carries a heavy burden. > NPR

What the pro-voucher camp is saying: School choice opponents’ arguments are ‘tired and false’


From the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty: “By repeating the false narrative about school choice, Rep. Chris Taylor seeks to propagate a system where families most in need of alternatives are stuck in failing schools. Unlike Taylor, I refuse to sacrifice the education of our children at the altar of the public school establishment.” > Cap Times