Senate unlikely to take up campus speech bill before fall


A Republican bill toughening penalties for disruptive campus protests that passed the state Assembly last week likely won’t come up in the Senate until this fall. It’s not yet clear whether Senate Republicans will embrace the legislation as eagerly as their Assembly counterparts. > Wisconsin State Journal

Personal finance likely to be required at Wisconsin schools


With bipartisan support, the state Assembly last week passed a bill that would require public schools to incorporate financial literacy into their kindergarten-through-12th grade curriculum. Supporters say it appears likely the bill will become law. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Debriefing the La Crosse public hearing on Wisconsin’s Every Student Succeeds Act


Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction has held five of six public hearings on its proposed plans for implementing the federal “Every Student Succeeds Act”, with a final hearing scheduled in Madison next Tuesday, June 27. This article summarizes the hearing that took place last week in the La Crosse area. > La Crosse Tribune

New Madison School District policy requires financial literacy class to graduate


As some lawmakers push to make financial literacy education a requirement for districts across the state, Madison schools are rolling out a mandatory course in the next school year. Starting with the incoming freshman class, MMSD will require high school students to take a one-semester financial literacy course to graduate. > The Cap Times

Gagging the UW: Academics concerned about ‘free expression oversight board’


After saying the campus free speech bill stays out of the classroom, the bill’s author speculated that students who felt intimidated from expressing their opinions in class could bring their complaints to the Council on Free Expression. He also said at the hearing “it’s a fact” that the earth is 6,000 years old. > The Cap Times

Transgender Wisconsin student can use boys’ bathroom, federal court says


A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a transgender Wisconsin high school senior who identifies as male can use the boys’ bathroom. Ashton Whitaker, 17, of Kenosha, said: “I hope my case will help other transgender students to be treated the same as everyone else without facing discrimination and harassment from school administrators.” > NBC News