MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hundreds of people filled an elementary school auditorium to honor a 35-year-old Milwaukee police officer who was killed earlier this week while serving a search warrant. The Friday night vigil for Officer Matthew Rittner included police officers, neighbors, friends, family and city leaders, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett talked about watching SWAT team members walking in the hospital one by one on Wednesday to pay their respects to Rittner.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System officials say graduation numbers are up from 10 years ago, and that the number of graduates of color has more than doubled in that period. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that nearly 37,000 students completed their degrees in the last academic year, a 13 percent increase compared to the 2007-2008 school year. UW System President Ray Cross says there were 4,919 graduates of color in the 2017-2018 school year, up from 1,839 a decade ago.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Education leaders in Wisconsin are studying how to retain teachers and attract new ones as unfilled vacancies for teaching jobs stack up in the state. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the University of Wisconsin System recently announced a task force to study teacher education enrollments and incentives. The dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education says Wisconsin’s teacher shortage could get worse based on declining enrollment data for teacher education programs.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A prosecutor says he won’t file charges against three Fond du Lac police officers in connection with an in-custody death in December. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Tony said during a news conference Friday that the officers stopped 37-year-old Christopher Cary Dec. 23 for not having a front license plate.