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Author: Wisconsin Examiner

Local public schools are being deprived of vital federal funding while Wisconsin sues Betsy DeVos

Millions of dollars that were earmarked for low income students in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act have been distributed to the states. But because of a federal lawsuit, Wisconsin school districts are still waiting for the money, which has not been released yet by Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined attorneys general from five other states in suing the Department of Education over a rule created by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. An analysis by the Congressional Research Service supports the position this rule change might violate federal law. Under...

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Schools work to ensure Wisconsin students have broadband access if virtual learning continues

Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order on July 14 establishing a task force on broadband access. The body will attempt to find ways to provide internet to the 26.7% of rural Wisconsin residents who don’t have access to at least one broadband service. The state has already doled out $24 million in grants this year to build the necessary infrastructure, but the need for quality, high-speed internet has intensified as nearly every industry has become, in some way or another, a virtual operation. “The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the problems people face when they don’t have broadband access,...

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A Broken System: Millions of Americans lost heath insurance along with their jobs due to COVID-19

By the end of 2020, 10.1 million people in the U.S. will probably lose health insurance because they or their family members have lost work due to COVID-19, a new report released Monday forecasts — and more than 1 in 3 of them will be unable to find a replacement policy. The findings are tied to the study’s projection that 48 million people live in families in which, between April 1 and December 31, 2020, at least one person will lose a job because of COVID-19. The study was conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which specializes in...

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The STOP program: How a youth initiative to build trust with police instead blamed Milwaukee students

The Milwaukee School Board voted unanimously to end all contracts with the Milwaukee Police Department on June 18. But school board member Paula Phillips, who co-sponsored the resolution to remove police from schools stated in her opening remarks that some people in her district were unhappy about the termination of a policing program in the schools called STOP (Students Talking it Over with Police) a couple of years ago and the loss of interactions between police and students. Through the STOP program, designed by the MPD, police worked with upper elementary/middle school students to help them understand what the...

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Wauwatosa Police escalate pressure on Alvin Cole protestors as his death gains national attention

Pressure continues to mount on the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD), and the city as a whole, to fire an officer who has fatally shot three people since 2015. Officer Joseph Mensah has been off the street, but still on the payroll, since shooting 17-year-old Alvin Cole in February. As protests triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota spread across the globe, Cole’s family broke the silence they had held for months. Now, their case has garnered the attention and support of big celebrity names. Late last week Roc Nation, a social justice organization founded by rapper and...

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An Inappropriate Arrest: Questions remain over why community activist Vaun Mayes was detained

Milwaukee residents, thousands of whom have marched in the city’s 32 straight days of protest against police violence, were reeling after the arrest of local activist and co-founder of the Community Task Force (COMM Force) Vaun Mayes. Officers from the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) pulled Mayes over as he livestreamed a protest on June 29, stating they had a warrant for his arrest. Mayes has since been released, although questions linger over why exactly he was detained. Activists in Milwaukee and around the country are increasingly uneasy about surveillance and arrest by law enforcement. Nevertheless, Milwaukee’s protesters continue marching....

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