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55% of Wisconsin schools buy locally sourced food

More than half of Wisconsin’s public school districts are buying food from local sources and another 19% intend to start doing so soon, according to the first "farm-to-school census" conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The new report says 43% of districts nationwide had farm-to-school programs in place in the 2011-‘12 school year, with fruits, vegetables and milk topping the list of local purchases.

You can use this USDA search to find your district and find what percentage of the food budget was spent locally.
image via flickr:CC | NatalieMaynor High-res

55% of Wisconsin schools buy locally sourced food

More than half of Wisconsin’s public school districts are buying food from local sources and another 19% intend to start doing so soon, according to the first "farm-to-school census" conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The new report says 43% of districts nationwide had farm-to-school programs in place in the 2011-‘12 school year, with fruits, vegetables and milk topping the list of local purchases.

You can use this USDA search to find your district and find what percentage of the food budget was spent locally.

image via flickr:CC | NatalieMaynor

Milwaukee Public Schools makes shift away from letter grades for K-8

UW study finds link between lead paint, discipline problems

A new study that analyzed medical and discipline data from Milwaukee Public Schools found young children who are exposed to lead are nearly three times more likely to be suspended from school by the fourth grade.
Researchers led by Amato analyzed medical and school discipline records of about 3,000 MPS students. Among the students whose blood tested positive for lead exposure, 31% had been suspended at least once by fourth grade. Among those not exposed to lead, 11% had been suspended by then, Amato said.

image via flickr:CC | Rev. Xanatos High-res

UW study finds link between lead paint, discipline problems

A new study that analyzed medical and discipline data from Milwaukee Public Schools found young children who are exposed to lead are nearly three times more likely to be suspended from school by the fourth grade.

Researchers led by Amato analyzed medical and school discipline records of about 3,000 MPS students. Among the students whose blood tested positive for lead exposure, 31% had been suspended at least once by fourth grade. Among those not exposed to lead, 11% had been suspended by then, Amato said.

image via flickr:CC | Rev. Xanatos

Budget panel delays implementation of common standards for schools

The state Department of Public Instruction would potentially be barred from implementing new common academic standards until hearings are held and new findings issued under a provision a legislative committee tucked into the state budget Wednesday.

The Joint Finance Committee also voted to require high school students to take a suite of age-appropriate ACT tests twice their freshman year and once every year after that.

Dipping into an ongoing dispute over a new student data system, the committee voted to allow school boards to select their own vendors for tracking students, rather than going with a Minnesota company selected by state officials.

Hey Milwaukee, don’t forget to vote today!
Polls are open until 8pm today - find out where you should be voting. If you want to get a sample ballot Wisconsin Voter Information will show you which seats and referendums you’ll be voting on.
Today’s election has an important referendum, “Should the state of Wisconsin continue to permit citizens to register to vote at the polls on Election Day? Yes ____ No_____”

I think you know what to do!

Hey Milwaukee, don’t forget to vote today!

Polls are open until 8pm today - find out where you should be voting. If you want to get a sample ballot Wisconsin Voter Information will show you which seats and referendums you’ll be voting on.

Today’s election has an important referendum, “Should the state of Wisconsin continue to permit citizens to register to vote at the polls on Election Day? Yes ____ No_____”

I think you know what to do!

Advanced Placement grows in Wisconsin, but gaps persist

More graduates in Wisconsin’s Class of 2012 took Advanced Placement exams and earned scores high enough to be considered for college credit, but success rates for black and Hispanic graduates fell or remained flat from last year, according to a report.

The College Board’s Ninth Annual AP Report to the Nation shows that among Wisconsin’s graduating seniors last spring, 29.6% took an AP exam sometime in high school, up from 27.8% in the Class of 2011.

UW-Madison to offer free public online courses starting in fall

UW-Madison was among 29 universities in several countries that announced new partnerships with the online learning company Coursera, a platform for massive open online courses called MOOCs.

the four pilot courses that literally thousands of students around the world may take online will showcase a handful of UW-Madison’s best and brightest faculty. The first two courses, Video Games and Learning and a business course, Markets with Friction, will be offered this fall. In spring 2014, Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the Knowledge Economy will be offered, fol lowed by a human evolution course.