Archive for September, 2010

School funding panel: “The public is done listening”

If the current system for funding Wisconsin public schools does not change, the gap between rich and poor school districts will grow. That was the consensus among panelists Thursday afternoon at the “4th Street Forum” discussion, moderated by Denise Callaway, titled, “Political Dynamite: Paying for Wisconsin’s Schools.” The event — which included State Superintendent of Public […]

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Hines, Evers join “4th Street Forum” education panel Thursday

Common Council president Willie Hines will join State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Evers in a “4th Street Forum” Thursday at Turner Hall, 1034 N. 4th St. The discussion, titled “Political Dynamite: Paying for Wisconsin’s Schools,” takes place at noon and is moderated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Denise Callaway. The panel also includes Public Policy […]

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Ald. Donovan: MPS should declare bankruptcy

This afternoon Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan issued a statement saying that Milwaukee Public Schools should wipe the slate clean via bankruptcy. Donovan, who was a supporter of mayoral control of Milwaukee Public Schools, blamed the school board for the woes and said that MPS is in part responsible for the fact that Milwaukee was named […]

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Free passes to “Waiting for Superman”

Some agree and some vehemently disagree with the film, but everybody seems to be talking about Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman.” Now, a few dozen OnMilwaukee.com readers can see a preview screening of the film and decide for themselves. We have 30 passes — each allows admission on a first-come, first-serve basis for two people […]

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Most of Milwaukee is still waiting for “Waiting for Superman”

Although those packing the house at the Oriental Theatre were among the first Milwaukeeans to see Davis’ Guggenheim’s much-discussed “Waiting for Superman,” the rest of Milwaukee still has to wait. The screening was one of two advance sell-outs for the sophomore edition of the Milwaukee Film Festival and was followed by a panel discussion that […]

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Teacher spotlight: Maria Waerzeggers

Maria Waerzeggers teaches second and third grade at the Milwaukee Academy of Science, 2000 W. Kilbourn Ave., an independent charter school that opened in 2000. This is the third installment of a new OnMilwaukee.com series highlighting talented Milwaukee teachers. OnMilwaukee.com: How many years have you taught at the Milwaukee Academy of Science and did you […]

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“Superman” coming to speak at children and families conference

The founder, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone — which the federal government hopes to recreate in 21 American neighborhoods — and the “star” of the much-discussed “Waiting for Superman,” Geoffrey Canada will speak in Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 22. Canada will give a talk at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 11 a.m. […]

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Tell me about your school’s fundraiser

Our public school has a fundraising event in November and yesterday a reader told me about another one the following day at his school. Tell me about your school’s fundraiser. Once I get a list of school fundraisers together, I will run it here on OnMilwaukee.com so folks can contribute to silent auctions, buy tickets […]

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Everyone loses in the “Race to Nowhere”

While the education debate rages on in all its myriad forms, from vouchers and choice to accountability and merit pay to standardized testing and value-added measures, first-time filmmaker Vicki Abeles tells a different education story in her 85-minute documentary “Race to Nowhere.” The film — which screens in Milwaukee at The Times Cinema on Thursday, […]

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Charm and more: MPS’ Thornton might have the right mix

With anticipation bubbling up for Sunday’s Milwaukee Film Festival screening of “Waiting for Superman,” some might have expected Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton to crash into the Common Council chambers at City Hall through a window, a cape fluttering in the wind and a twinkle in his eye. Instead, 83 days into his tenure […]

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Teacher spotlight: Traci McKean

This is the second installment of a new OnMilwaukee.com series highlighting talented public school teachers. Traci McKean teaches third grade at River Trail-School of Math, Science and Technology, 12021 W. Florist Ave. “River Trail is a K-8, open concept, year-round gem on the Northwest side of Milwaukee,” says McKean. OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you taught […]

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MPS teacher spotlight: Joe Shokatz

Welcome to the first installment of a new series highlighting talented teachers from Milwaukee Public Schools. In this segment, meet Vincent High School teacher Joe Shokatz. OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been a teacher? Joe Shokatz: I am in my ninth year. Prior to Vincent, where I was hired in November 2002, I was a […]

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