education

Ripon College President: Teaching Trump Comes Full Circle

By Amelia Heup for Media Trackers Ripon, Wisconsin is probably best known for two things: cookies and being the birthplace of the Republican Party.  Ripon College, a liberal-arts institution with an enrollment of close to 800 students at the heart of a community of 8,000 residents with the goals of the institution to have town-gown […]

Appleton Schools Superintendent Apologizes for Slave Essay

The second Wisconsin school district this month is dealing with the appropriateness of a homework or essay question involving slavery.  Last week administrators at Our Redeemer Lutheran school in Wauwatosa apologized for a 4th grade homework assignment that asked students to give three good reasons for slavery, and three bad reasons. Media Trackers has learned that […]

Freedom From Religion Foundation Goes After Pastor School Board Member

A formal complaint has been filed with the Appleton Area School District, accusing a school board member of violating the separation of church and state. Media Trackers previously reported the controversy surrounding Pastor Alvin Dupree, who was criticized by several school district residents after he made religious references in a commencement address when referencing the […]

Teen Who Took Her Life Was Bullied Over Her Faith

Erika Winkler was a beautiful 17 year old girl from Appleton, Wisconsin. According to her obituary, Erika loved to hunt with her dad and family. She enjoyed swimming, country music, her big truck, spending time with the cows on her favorite farm, theater, dance, playing guitar and piano. She loved God’s Word and fellowship. Erika […]

Democratic Lawmaker Pushes Red Herring on UW Merger Plan

If demographics are destiny, then the announcement this week by University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Due in large part to smaller families and declining birth rates, enrollment is declining throughout the UW System. As a result, the UW’s 13 two-year colleges have been hardest hit by this new reality. In the […]

Is the Green Bay School District Trying to Silence Teachers?

Former Green Bay Teacher Kerstin Westcott pulled back the curtain on severe disciplinary problems at Washington Middle School when she resigned to the School board last month. Now, someone claiming to be a Green Bay Teacher is accusing administration from trying to intimidate other staff members from speaking out on social media. Green Bay school […]

5 Takeaways from the GB Schools Newser on School Violence

The Green Bay Area Public School District held a news conference Wednesday to address safety concerns at Washington Middle School. Media Trackers first reported the story of former teacher Kerstin Westcott resigning June 5, saying she no longer felt safe at Washington because of violent, aggressive behavior by students that has gone unchecked. Here are […]

Walker Praises Tuition Freeze: Rejects Dem Criticism

While some saw it as a defeat, Governor Scott Walker hailed as a victory the Joint Finance Committee’s decision Thursday to remove a 5% tuition decrease from the second year of Walker’s budget. The move leaves in place a tuition freeze.  “Oh it’s a huge win,” Walker told Media Trackers Friday. “And remember, “there was […]

Podcast: UWGB Student Takes on Academia

MacIver Institute published an extensively researched piece Monday written by intern Jessica Murphy titled: “Top 5 Wasteful Classes in the UW-System.” The social media blow back was swift. Murphy discussed the piece and the reaction to it with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader.