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Health officials work with Kenosha grocery store

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Health officials are working with a Kenosha grocery store to find out how a salmonella outbreak started and sickened nearly two dozen people. The Kenosha County Division of Health is investigating food purchased over the Mother’s Day weekend at Supermercado Los Corrales. The grocery store’s meat and food preparation area is More >

Florida company agrees to buy downtown Appleton hotel

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Florida company has an agreement to buy a hotel in downtown Appleton. Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1GoMnAJ ) reports Ormond Beach, Florida-based Inner Circle Investments has a contract to purchase the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. The purchase price has not been released. Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna said Tuesday that the company is More >

Committee rejects charter school approval board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-writing budget committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to create a new approval board to allow for more independent charter schools that operate outside the control of local public school boards. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted down Walker’s proposal early Wednesday morning. Committee co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling More >

Walker’s ban on Common Core approved by committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards has been approved by the Legislature’s budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee approved the proposal early Wednesday morning. Wisconsin public schools are not required to adopt the Common Core standards, but the More >

Budget committee approves special needs vouchers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget committee has voted to create a special needs voucher program in Wisconsin, a divisive proposal that’s been floated and rejected several times in recent years. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted early Wednesday morning to create a special needs voucher program that will work similar to the open More >

Committee approves alternatives for teacher licenses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin schools would be able to hire people who don’t have a bachelor’s degree to teach subjects like math, science, technology and engineering under a proposal approved by the Legislature’s budget-writing committee. The Joint Finance Committee approved the proposal to create a new alternative track for people with real-life experience to More >

Budget panel approves takeover for some Milwaukee schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-writing committee has approved a Republican-backed plan that would place the worst-performing Milwaukee Public Schools under control of a commissioner appointed by the county executive who could convert them into private voucher schools or independent charter schools. The Joint Finance Committee approved it early Wednesday morning along with a More >

Republicans vote to increase school funding, expand vouchers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-writing committee has approved a wide-ranging Republican plan to increase public school funding and do away with an enrollment cap in the private school voucher program. The Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 with all Republicans in support and Democrats against early Wednesday morning to approve the plan after about More >

Budget panel debates takeover for some Milwaukee schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget-writing committee is debating a Republican-backed plan that would place the worst-performing Milwaukee Public Schools under control of a commissioner appointed by the county executive who could convert them into private voucher schools or independent charter schools. The Joint Finance Committee debated it late Tuesday night along with a More >

Highlights of education proposals in Wisconsin budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget-writing committee on Tuesday unveiled its long-anticipated funding plan related to education issues in the state for the next two years. The entire state spending plan is expected to pass the Joint Finance Committee next week, and then head to the Senate and Assembly for votes. The education More >