School boards across Wisconsin face contentious meetings and ‘bullying’
Across Wisconsin, school boards have become the battleground for some of the state’s most contentious fights over COVID-19 mitigation policies and the country’s effort to grapple with its history of racism.
In Oconomowoc, three school board members resigned earlier this week, citing a “toxic” environment. In Whitefish Bay, parents attending a school board meeting jeered at students trying to speak. In Eau Claire, parents protesting a meeting held signs with messages such as “equity = racism.”
The trend has popped up across Wisconsin as boards and communities work to determine how to safely bring students back to classrooms in the fall. Students under 12 still aren’t eligible to be vaccinated and just 39% of students ages 12-15 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to state health data.
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