WIAA Says No To Home School Sports Proposal
Language added to the state budget last week by the legislature's Joint Finance Committee would require public schools to allow many private, virtual, charter and homeschooled students who live in their district to participate in their sports teams and other extracurricular activities.
WIAA Executive Director, Dave Anderson tells us he was shocked to learn this was brought up in the first place.
If it remains in the budget, Anderson says it could impact districts across the state, while also likely requiring the WIAA to change its rules for participation. Anderson also says it could also cause complications for some many rural districts, where the chance to compete in sports is the main attraction for staying at a high school, rather than exploring a virtual school curriculum.
Jobs Numbers Good In La Crosse
It's hard to look at La Crosse unemployment rates and not be impressed. New from the state's labor department this week are numbers that show the La Crosse metro area jobless rate is at 3.4% for April. That's not just low, it's as low as the rate has been in nearly 20 years. Madison is tops in the state at 3.1%. The state says unemployment--at 5.4% across the state--was down in April in all counties and also in the state's biggest 32 municipalities.
Eat Soup Think La Crosse
They made some soup this week in La Crosse. La Crosse Soup. An event at the Root Note cafe in downtown La Crosse. People show up, pay five bucks, eat free soup and bread and weigh in on a few ideas about how to make the city better. The winning idea receives whatever gets collected at the door. Last night, organizer Andrew Londre tells us, exactly a hundred people showed up. So a five hundred dollar microgrant goes to Dan Christen, a guy who's installing a 'bike fixit station' in La Crosse. Londre hopes to continue the La Crosse Soup mini crowdfunding event every month.
Hotels Starting To Fill In La Crosse
La Crosse area hotels and motels are starting the tourism season well. A state hotel association says room occupancy so far in 2015 is 55 per cent in the La Crosse market. Only the Madison market ranked higher, by about one per cent. La Crosse hotels had almost 60 per cent occupancy for March. Among the middle-sized markets in Wisconsin, only Green Bay and Appleton came close. Local tourism bureau director Dave Clements says many outdoor activities and other attractions combine with conventions to bring visitors to the Coulee Region.
UW-L falls in World Series championship
Top-ranked Cortland wins it in ninth
APPLETON, Wis. - It was a tough ending to an incredible run by the UW-La Crosse baseball team.