Classrooms at a Crossroads

Why the paper chose to engage

November 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

Earlier this year I sat with Senior Writer Hillary Gavan on the bleachers in Barkin Arena at Beloit Memorial High School. We were there to hear what might come up at a Town Hall meeting involving hundreds of teachers and staff from across t...

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Legislator pushes for 'Teacher Protection Act'

November 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

MADISON - Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, has introduced legislation known as the "Teacher Protection Act" targeting violence in the classroom.The Teacher Protection Act was released in response to a report by Dan O'Donnell, "Blood o...

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A look at serious classroom offenses

November 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

BELOIT - Various references are made in these articles regarding level 300 and 400 offenses under the School District of Beloit's code of conduct. But what does that mean?After school personnel at a town hall meeting raised numerous concern...

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The few cause disciplinary disruptions for the many

November 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

BELOIT - Despite what you may have heard, the vast majority of students in the School District of Beloit are well behaved.This is the key number: More than 90 percent of the student body had no 300 or 400 level offenses - the most serious, ...

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Teacher turnover continues to be high each school year

November 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

In the past four years, teacher turnover in the School District of Beloit has ranged from 12 to 16 percent.In the past four years, 291 teachers have left.In 2013-2014, 64 teachers left; 2014-2015, 66 left; 2015-2016, 85 left; and in 2016-20...

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District says it's working to address staff concerns

November 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

BELOIT - There are no plans for a follow-up town hall meeting with teachers, but Superintendent Tom Johnson said the district is working with the Beloit Education Association (BEA) and other employee groups to keep dialogue going on a varie...

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Teachers speak out about school conditions

November 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

BELOIT - Although staff and former staff members uniformly say they love the School District of Beloit and most students are well behaved, some acknowledge they left over what they perceived as lack of support on disciplinary issues in thei...

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Addressing the needs of troubled kids

November 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

BELOIT - "The complex child who comes to us with issues is trying to tell us something," said School District of Beloit Superintendent Tom Johnson. "Adults need to be willing to step back and determine what is causing the child's behavior."...

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Development challenges for children start at home

November 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

BELOIT - Nearly two-thirds of the babies in Beloit - 63 percent - are born to unwed mothers, according to the 2016 Profile for Beloit by the Division of Public Health.The data was collected by the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information ...

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Key strategy: Start younger with kids

November 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

BELOIT - One way the School District of Beloit is working to improve academic outcomes is to expose the city's tiniest learners to reading.The school board approved Superintendent Tom Johnson's recommendation to add an administrative positi...

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