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Public News Service - WI: Early Childhood Education

Classroom education in every public school in Wisconsin will benefit from greater local control with passage of new national legislation, according to the state's largest teacher's union, the Wisconsin Education Association Council. (U.S. Navy)

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin educators are pleased with the passage of an act that dramatically rolls back federal control of education. President Obama is expected today to sign the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which passed the U.S. Senate on an 85-12 vote yesterday. The bipartisan suppo

Democrat Chris Taylor of Madison says the move to privatize public education in Wisconsin is not coming from the people of the state, but from the American Legislative Exchange Council. Courtesy: Rep. Chris Taylor

MADISON, Wis. - After targeting three of Wisconsin's long-standing laws regarding clean government, which are currently in play at the state capitol, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will next turn its sights on public education in Wisconsin, says Madison Democrat and State Represent

PHOTO: A new book from a Wisconsin author says bullying has become epidemic, and while educators and young people search for dealing with the issue in an effective way, no one needs to live by someone else's definition of who they are. Photo credit: For A Better School Climate.

MADISON, Wis. - A new novel called "Double Exposure" about an intersex teen athlete, explores bullying, and Wisconsin author Bridget Birdsall says the story is based on real experiences. The main character was born with ambiguous genitalia and raised as a boy. At age 15, to escape bullying, the y

Photo: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows more than 20 percent of Wisconsin children are living in poverty, and suggests a two-generation approach that addresses family-supporting jobs for parents and high-quality early education for children is necessary to break the cycle.  Photo credit: Cliffdale Elementary School/Wikimedia commons

MADISON, Wis. - A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows more than 20 percent of Wisconsin children are living in poverty, and suggests a two-generation approach is necessary to help parents and children thrive. Ken Taylor, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Fam

PHOTO: Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says the state needs to do more to make sure children are reading proficiently. Photo courtesy WCCF.

MADISON, Wis. - Eighty percent of lower-income fourth graders and two-thirds of all students are not reading proficiently, according to a new report. The "data snapshot" released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation takes a look at all the states, and according to Jim Moeser, deputy director of the Wis

PHOTO: Ken Taylor of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says Wisconsin is losing ground in the battle against childhood poverty. Photo courtesy WCCF.

MADISON, Wis. – A new report by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) indicates the number of children growing up in poverty is on the rise in the Badger State. "The good news about poverty in Wisconsin and childhood poverty is that we're lower than the national average,”

MADISON, Wis. - As families across the state prepare for Thursday's start of school, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin is issuing a reminder about some simple steps parents can take to help make sure their children succeed. Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, who also is a pediatri

EAST TROY, Wis. - Some children grow up with the notion that food comes from the supermarket, but a new program in Wisconsin is teaching kids otherwise. The Little Green Thumbs program developed by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, gives high school students the chance to manage

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