Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Annysa Johnson

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Past articles by Annysa:

Long-simmering racial tensions in Burlington erupt after a teacher included Black Lives Matters in a lesson

The school superintendent and board members are expected to take up a proposed policy on racial discrimination and harassment Monday. → Read More

Facing COVID-19 challenges, Wisconsin education chief seeks $1.6 billion increase for schools in 2021-23

The proposal would increase funding for mental health and special education. But it appears unlikely to pass as the coronavirus pandemic hammers the economy. → Read More

One dead, four wounded over a four-hour span in Milwaukee Saturday

Three people were shot in what police believe were armed robberies, including a 39-year-old Milwaukee man who died of his wounds at a local hospital. → Read More

'Couldn't come at a crazier time': Voters brace for an election conducted in the grip of a pandemic

From clerks to voters who have already cast ballots, or plan to on Election Day, there is palpable anticipation about how it will all play out in an unprecedented election season. → Read More

COVID-19: City of Milwaukee contact tracers face backlog of nearly 1,600 cases

Milwaukee health officials struggling to reach people who've tested positive and their close contacts face a backlog of nearly 1,600 confirmed cases. → Read More

MPS board puts brakes on proposal to shift to hybrid learning in January

Board members, teachers and others who testified rejected the plan, saying it would put an undue burden on teachers and seemed unsafe as COVID-19 cases were spiking. → Read More

Franklin teachers file grievance over COVID-19 safety concerns

The union says Franklin rejected their grievance as invalid. The superintendent said the district continues to prioritize health and safety. → Read More

Wisconsin public school enrollments drop in first count since COVID-19, adding to budget challenges

The coronavirus complicated this year's enrollment counts as families moved their children between schools or pulled them out altogether. → Read More

Beloved Salam Elementary kindergarten teacher rebuilding her life after losing both hands and a foot to sepsis

She hopes one day to return to the classroom, if not with kindergartners, perhaps kids a little older who might be less intimidated by her new, "bionic" self. → Read More

Live Wauwatosa updates: Police fire tear gas, 28 arrested Friday night

Journal Sentinel reporters are covering protests and developments after Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm cleared Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah in the shooting death of Alvin Cole. → Read More

Education Secretary DeVos touts school choice during the pandemic in Waukesha visit

DeVos listened as parents recounted their children's negative experiences with virtual learning and their decisions to move them to private schools. → Read More

MPS abandons plan to begin some in-person instruction, saying safety dictates keeping classes virtual

MPS had hoped to move to a hybrid model in October but will remain virtual as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the state. → Read More

Teachers union says schools not following health guidance, ignoring safety to keep schools open

WEAC, the state's largest teachers union, said some schools are engaging in questionable practices and altering metrics to keep schools open. → Read More

Shootings leave 2 dead, including a 14-year-old girl riding in the back seat of a car

A teenager out with friends and a 24-year-old woman died in separate shootings in Milwaukee early Saturday. → Read More

$30 million Hmong American Peace Academy high school taking shape on Milwaukee's northwest side

The 99,000-square-foot facility will feature 38 classrooms, a 16,000-square-foot gym, a museum for Hmong art and artifacts and a cafe where students will get work experience. → Read More

Wisconsin's largest teachers unions again ask state leaders to move all schools to virtual-only instruction

The unions, representing teachers in Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay, have asked Wisconsin leaders to prohibit in-person classes. → Read More

'A school year unlike any other': State's top educator to seek boost in special ed, mental health services

Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction to seek increases in special education and mental health funding in the next biennial budget. → Read More

Deb Kerr, former Brown Deer schools leader, announces bid for state superintendent seat

Kerr, who left Brown Deer in June, is the fourth candidante to announce plans to enter the race. → Read More

Jill Biden to take part in virtual schools event in Green Bay

Jill Biden will "virtually travel" to Green Bay as part of her "Back-to-School Tour." → Read More

Juxtaposition of two videos from Kenosha: A Black man gets shot seven times from behind; a white teen with a gun walks past police

The differences between the two shooting videos from Kenosha, taken within three days of each other, have prompted a fierce debate on social media over race and justice. → Read More