Legislative task force to begin study of urban education; school tours planned in Milwaukee

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MADISON — A legislative task force has begun its work examining problems faced by the largest school districts in Wisconsin, with the goal of coming up with recommendations for improvements next year.

The bipartisan task force called together by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos toured a pair of Madison schools Tuesday, September 29th and held a public hearing focusing on teacher training and recruitment.

Madison schools superintendent Jennifer Cheatham tells the task force that the Legislature can help with teacher recruitment and retainment efforts by providing stability to create an environment that fosters rather than frustrates teachers.

School tours in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Green Bay and Eau Claire are also planned.

Task force chairwoman Rep. Jessie Rodriguez says the goal is to issue recommendations next year for the Legislature to consider in 2017.