Forty-five states including Wisconsin have adopted what’s known as common core standards. They’re federal criteria outlining what students should learn in math and English at specified grade levels and how it should be taught.
Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews author Anita Pandey.
Hayes Bilingual School in Milwaukee scores 62.2 on the state report card system. That means it’s just shy of meeting expectations. Most MPS schools fall at or below that level, but Hayes is different. Its growth score is 86 – well above the state average. The school’s dual-immersion approach seems to be generating improvements in both math and reading.
Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Barbara J. Miner.
Some public school advocates are sounding alarms over several issues in Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget. They point to essentially unchanged state aid and a call for expanding the state's voucher program as new challenges to Wisconsin's public school systems. Some also say that the effort to reward higher-performing schools would come at the expensive of schools already facing a steep climb, in districts such as Milwaukee Public Schools.