Today's Wisconsin student is disabled. She is Hmong. He is poor. As the state's demographics change and the needs of a global, cosmopolitan upbringing increase, we examine diversity in the state's schools and colleges and the innovative programs and people helping to make our kids more tolerant, informed, empathetic and well rounded.
As the costs of teaching our kids skyrocket, schools must continually overcome immense challenges while always striving for the ideal learning environment. We investigate the potential opportunities in the intersection of schools and money, including what makes a successful school referendum and how UW-Madison deals with slashed state aid.
From the rise in alternative charter schools, virtual instruction, and new security measures to the implementation of 4K last year, the ideal Wisconsin classroom must appeal to each individual child while still offering some kind of uniform instruction. We examine some of the latest innovations toward the utopian classroom and consider what else might perfect schools.
The issue of just how best to grade the teachers and schools represents a continuing quagmire. We consider the achievement gaps, potential replacements for No Child Left Behind, the ideal special-education environment and other situations from which we may glean new understandings of how best to evaluate Wisconsin's educational system.