Benjamin Yount

School choice supporters optimistic over Wisconsin open enrollment

(The Center Square) – The latest snapshot of the desire for school choice in Wisconsin is developing this week when the Open Application Period for…

UW free speech survey: Half of students afraid to speak, third of students want restrictions

(The Center Square)  – There’s not a lot of confidence about free speech on University of Wisconsin campuses. The university released the results of its…

More schools eligible for Wisconsin choice program as enrollment grows

(The Center Square) – Participating schools and student enrollment are up in Wisconsin’s choice program. The state’s Department of Public Instruction on Friday released the…

Wisconsin lawmakers block Gov. Ever’s conversion therapy ban again; ACLU eyes Supreme Court election

(The Center Square) – The ACLU of Wisconsin is seeking to use the Legislature’s most recent vote striking down conversion therapy to register voters, with an…

Gov. Evers say he won’t sign a budget including school choice plan

(The Center Square) – Gov. Tony Evers is already taking things off the list of possible compromises at the Wisconsin Capitol. The governor told WISN…

Madison school board president defends now-cancelled drag show

(The Center Square) – Madison’s school board president is defending a now-cancelled drag show in school, and is pointing her finger at Wisconsin’s former governor.…

Survey: More than half of Wisconsin public school kids anxious, one-third depressed

(The Center Square) – A new survey shows half of Wisconsin school kids say they’re anxious, and a third say they’re depressed. The state’s Department of…

Mequon-Thiensville Schools lose again in bid to keep email list secret

(The Center Square) – Mequon-Thiensville Schools is 0-for-3 trying to keep its email lists secret. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Wednesday said the school district…

New lawsuit accuses Wisconsin DPI of making school choice more difficult

(The Center Square) – A new lawsuit accuses Wisconsin educators of using Byzantine paperwork to make it more difficult for parents and students to leave…

Wisconsin Assembly top Republican looks to work with governor on abortion, school choice, tax cuts

(The Center Square) – The top Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly says he’s willing to work on “solutions” with Gov. Tony Evers. Speaker Robin Vos…

School choice supporters: Headcount numbers show public schools aren’t meeting kids’ needs

(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s latest public school headcount shows fewer kids in traditional public schools and more kids moving into schools of choice. And…

Federal court rules for Wisconsin Catholic school in split busing decision

(The Center Square) – Parents at the St. Augustine School in Colgate could soon be putting their kids on the school bus after a federal…

Wisconsin test scores show slight bump in math, drop-off in reading

(The Center Square) – The latest snapshot of Wisconsin schools shows that kids are still not back to where they were before the coronavirus closed some…

Woke politics, gender ideology frustrating Wisconsin parents

(The Center Square) – Tim Michels says Wisconsin’s State of Education speech was more of a political stump speech than a report card on the…

Republican lawmakers not expecting much from Wisconsin’s State of Education speech

(The Center Square) – Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin haven’t been given a preview of the state superintendent’s State of Education speech, but they have some…

New school choice coalition in Wisconsin looks to expand education options

(The Center Square) – A coalition of business and policy groups got the ball rolling on school choice in Wisconsin nearly 30 years ago, and…

Sen. Ron Johnson criticizes Lt. Gov. Barnes on school choice in Wisconsin

(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s U.S. Senator is making an issue out of what his reelection campaign is calling Mandela Barnes’ hypocrisy on school choice.…

Wisconsin city leaders threatened with legal action over conversion therapy ban ordinance

(The Center Square) – There’s now a threat of a lawsuit over La Crosse’s recent ban on conversion therapy. The city council approved an ordinance…

Stop using school lunch money as gender leverage, congressman asks

(The Center Square) – One Wisconsin congressman wants Congress to stop the Biden Administration from using school lunch money to push schools to accept new…

Gubernatorial candidate Kleefisch slams Evers following emails showing union influence on school reopenings

(The Center Square) – There are new questions about who is running public schools in Wisconsin following the release of emails between Gov. Tony Evers…

Legal group stands by its defense of Wisconsin middle school boys in ‘misgendering’ case

(The Center Square) – Asking questions is not bullying, and pointing out the law does not constitute creating chaos. And no one supported the threats…

Gov. Evers calls special session on abortion, wants voters to call lawmakers

(The Center Square) – Gov. Tony Evers is asking abortion supporters in the state to pressure lawmakers ahead of a new special session on abortion. The…

LGBTQ group wants Wisconsin schools to continue “misgendering” investigation of three middle school boys

(The Center Square) – There is a call for more gender, harassment, bullying and Title IX investigations in Wisconsin schools. The group Fair Wisconsin, which…

Gov. Evers brags about school rankings from the Walker era

(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s governor is taking credit for, and bragging about, school rankings that were earned before he took office. Gov. Tony Evers…

Waukesha County judge clears way for hearing on Kettle Moraine School’s secret gender policy

(The Center Square) – Another Wisconsin school district is looking at a possible trial over its secret school gender policy. A Waukesha County judge on…

Kiel Schools close misgendering investigation

(The Center Square) – There are some unanswered questions about the end of the misgendering investigation in Kiel Schools. The school district on Thursday sent…

Milwaukee school counselor under state investigation for opposition to transgender ideology

(The Center Square) – An elementary school counselor from Milwaukee is refusing to resign or change her mind about gender identity, even after the state…

Badger Institute poll shows broad support for welfare reform, parents involvement in schools, police

(The Center Square) – Voters in Wisconsin, by large margins, want to see more parents involved in their kids’ schools, more police officers on the…

Rep. Petryk: Wisconsin students will have to wait for gifted and talented opportunities

(The Center Square) – One western Wisconsin state representative says kids looking to get into gifted and talented programs in public schools across the state…

School choice supporters encouraged by latest Marquette Poll on vouchers

(The Center Square) – More parents in Wisconsin are getting behind the idea of school choice. The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows 58% of…

Wisconsin state superintendent again defends teaching of race, class and gender

(The Center Square) – The top teacher in Wisconsin says it is important for all kids in Wisconsin to learn from the author who wants…

Sen. Kapenga presses state superintendent for CRT webinar for teachers

(The Center Square) – There are new questions for Wisconsin’s state superintendent of schools about critical race theory, politics and a webinar for teachers in…

More Gov. Evers’ vetoes generate more criticism

(The Center Square) – Republican lawmakers and conservative groups in Wisconsin are once again upset, but not surprised, at another wave of vetoes from Gov.…

Conservative candidates win big in Wisconsin school board races

(The Center Square) – A lot of Wisconsin parents are not happy with their local school boards. Conservative and Republicans candidates for school boards did…

Wisconsin voters’ thoughts on school choice, public schools shifting

(The Center Square) — Two years of the coronavirus appear to have changed some of the attitudes toward public schools in Wisconsin. The latest Marquette…

Assembly Republicans try again on education changes

(The Center Square) — It is another round of education changes from Assembly Republicans in Madison. And much like the first time around, the plans…