Education: Events

So Now What? The Path Ahead for Education in Wisconsin and the Nation, November 17, 2022

In Wisconsin, the outcome of the November elections, particularly for governor, will be an important marker in setting the course of education policy going forward as a new state budget and legislative cycle begins. And both here and across the nation, standardized test scores statewide have declined from pre-COVID levels, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic linger as an important factor in determining how to help students. How should we be addressing and how are we addressing needed improvements in education and student achievement?

On the Issues: Anya Kamenetz, author of The Stolen YearOctober 24, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic created enormous disruptions in schooling and in children’s lives more broadly. Alan Borsuk, Marquette Law School’s senior fellow in law and public policy, speaks with Anya Kamenetz, author of The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now. They will discuss Kamenetz’s findings about difficulties facing children and parents and their exacerbation by the pandemic and the author’s perspective on what is needed going forward.  

Youth Mental Health Concerns, March 8, 2022

Concerns about mental health issues among young people were increasing before the start of the pandemic in 2020, and the level of concern has only gone up in the last two years. How are children doing, and how should schools address the challenges they see? Alan Borsuk, Marquette Law School’s senior fellow in law and public policy, speaks with Hugh Davis, executive director of Wisconsin Family Ties; Tracy Oerter, director of Community-Based Mental and Behavioral Health Services, Children’s Wisconsin; and Brenda Mikell, director of counseling, Rufus King High School in Milwaukee.

Federal Funds to the Rescue? Wisconsin Schools and COVID Aid, July 21, 2021

Marguerite Roza, director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University, describes what she is seeing as she observes the national picture of what schools are doing with American Rescue Plan funding. Superintendent Keith Posley of the Milwaukee Public Schools; John Stellmacher, business manager of the Kettle Moraine School District and past president of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials; and Brittany Kinser, executive director of Rocketship Public Schools in Wisconsin and chair of the Milwaukee Charter School Advocates organization discuss how local districts will utilize funding.

The Hottest Issues in K-12 Education, April 27, 2021

Pedro Noguera and Frederick Hess, two of the best-known commentators on the American education landscape, have different views on many issues but agree that now is a good time for a level-headed and serious discussion on the challenges and opportunities within K–12 education.

Candidate Debate for Wisconsin Superintendent for Public Instruction, March 17, 2021

Wisconsin superintendent for public instruction candidate debate featuring Dr. Deborah Kerr and Dr. Jill Underly.

What is Being Learned in K-12 Education in this Difficult Year?, March 2, 2021

Center on Reinventing Public Education director Robin Lake discusses national school trends during this unparalleled education emergency. Matthew Joynt, superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District; Jennifer Lopez, CEO of Carmen Schools of Science and Technology; Keith Posley, superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools; and James Sebert, superintendent of the School District of Waukesha, share what they have learned during this unprecedented year.