MADISON - 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.
Diana Hess is dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Education and one of the task force's leaders. Hess says enrollment in teacher education programs is down about 35 percent nationally and the enrollment decrease is even more dramatic in parts of Wisconsin.
Hess says Wisconsin's teacher shortage could get worse based on declining enrollment data for the state's teacher education programs.
The task force hopes to produce recommendations by May 1.
PHILLIPS - A Northwoods organization that aims to help domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors now offers it's services online. Thanks to RAINN, a national anti-sexual assault group, Embrace can now host anonymous support groups for survivors.
Embrace serves Price, Rusk, Washburn, and Barron counties. Domestic Violence Program Coordinator Angela Frieze says it can be hard to get people to attend in-person support groups.
MINOCQUA - According to a Nestle frozen foods representative, Wisconsin ranks number one per capita in frozen pizza consumption in the United States. A lot of the best-selling brands are based in the badger state.
Orv's, Brew Pub, and Roma pizza brands are all made by Bernatello's Foods in Outagamie County. Bernatello's National Sales Manager Denny Terrance said frozen pizza has become a staple food in Wisconsin.
"A lot of that is based towards the quality of the meats that you see on the market these days, the premium toppings that you see," said Terrance.
RHINELANDER - An 18-year-old nursing assistant accused of sexually assaulting at least two elderly patients pleaded not guilty on Monday.
Jacob Schlosser was in Oneida County court for his arraignment, facing three 2nd-degree sexual assault felonies.
He was first charged with sexually assaulting an 80-year-old patient during bath time at Avanti in Minocqua last month. Two days after police started their investigation, another patient came forward saying Schlosser assaulted them, too.
EAGLE RIVER - In thinking about which color goes best with their red superhero shirts Monday, Eagle River Walgreens employees decided white fit rather nicely. But getting chosen to fling pies filled with white whipped cream didn't exactly leave Bri Sandrone green with envy.
"I actually didn't want to, I wanted to have somebody else do it," Sandrone explained, with a laugh.
Wearing her "everyday superhero" cape and shirt, Sandrone found the courage to toss the pies in her bosses' faces.
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