Air quality in Wisconsin, Schools and communities relationship

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In this aerial image, an aircraft, center, flies near a wildfire burning near Barrington Lake in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Communications Nova Scotia/The Canadian Press via AP

We learn more about Wisconsin air quality concerns stemming from wildfires in Canada. Then, we talk to the authors of a new book that advocates for a better relationship between schools and the public.

Featured in this Show

  • Why is the air quality still bad?

    Air quality alerts have been ongoing in Wisconsin for weeks as smoke from Canadian wildfires drifts south. We learn about how smoke from Canada gets all the way to southern Wisconsin and beyond, and ways to protect yourself from poor air quality if you’re vulnerable.

  • Opening up schools for civic democracy

    Wisconsin and the nation have seen heated confrontations at school board meetings over high-profile issues in recent years. The authors of a new book say there’s a better way for schools and their communities to interact–by bringing the public into the decision-making process more and earlier. They make the case for an “Open System” for schools.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Rob Ferrett Producer
  • Sheryl Magzamen Guest
  • Angela Tin Guest
  • Landon Mascareñaz Guest
  • Doannie Tran Guest

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