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How Did Our Schools Come to Be?

Monday, November 6, 2017

How did our public schools come to be, and why does Wisconsin’s K-12 education system look the way it does?

We decided to explore the answers to those questions - and we’re sharing what we discovered in time for American Education Week celebrations on November 13-17, 2017.

This history turns out to be a great way to help people understand our public education system and its value.

Public schools were born of a vision of equity - although not for entirely the reasons you might think.

Our new video, How Our Public School System Came to Be, explores the story with the help of Wisconsin historians and archival images from our state.