Wisconsin sees surge in homeschooling interest during pandemic — 8/14/20

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Today we highlight a story by Scott Girard of The Cap Times. He reports that homeschooling applications have more than doubled in Wisconsin as the pandemic fuels widespread uncertainty about how schools will function this fall. 

“According to data from the state Department of Public Instruction, 1,661 families filed forms to homeschool between July 1 and Aug. 6, up from 727 during the same period a year ago and 599 two years ago,” Girard reports. 

“With those students go funding, as district revenue limits and state aid both depend on enrollment. The Madison Metropolitan School District discouraged parents from leaving to homeschool or attend a private school in its Aug. 7 family newsletter, citing that funding loss.”

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Michelle Stocker / The Cap Times

Marie Justice advises her daughter Mariah, 11, as she brainstorms ideas for a project on an influential Wisconsinite in this file photo from 2017.

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“There were millions of people in a three-month period of time who did not get their normal screening, and (a group of researchers) project that that will lead to an additional 10,000 deaths from colon and breast cancer. It’s imperative that we get people back in to get a screening colonoscopy, or a Cologuard test, or a screening mammography …. Cancer doesn’t wait for COVID.”

Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy, speaking at a Wisconsin Health News event

“They have to wear a mask if they’re in buildings. They have to make sure their audience is physically distant from each other. We can’t afford to have these events make it more difficult for us to prevent the virus from being transmitted in the state of Wisconsin…My expectation is they’re masking up. They’re going to follow the order.”

Gov. Tony Evers, as quoted by WUWM, addressing looming campaign visits by President Donald Trump and other top Republicans.

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His start-up bakery was growing when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. A central city church is helping it survive.Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Racine Police distributing hand sanitizer and masks, thanks to Caledonia-based CKM Inc.Journal Times 

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