Archive for September, 2011

Psalm One collaborates with Riley Elementary kids

Last year, Philly rockers The Great Unknown came to Milwaukee to work with kids at MPS’ Hayes Bilingual to write and record a song as part of the America SCORES ASCAP Foundation Songwriter Residency tour. The track they wrote and recorded was released last spring on a CD. This month, rapper Psalm One kicks off […]

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MPS facilities meeting draws big crowd at Reagan

This week MPS held a series of public sessions at schools around the city as part of its long-range facilities plan, which the administration plans to bring to the school board in November. Turnouts at most schools ranged from about 20 to about 40, with word that Washington High School’s event last night drew the […]

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Budget cuts increase challenges to art education

As tightening budgets have seen the widespread loss of art teachers across the district, Maryland Avenue Montessori is an example of an MPS school that has found a way to maintain art classes for its kids. The solution is a welcome, if not perfect, scenario: the classes won’t be taught by art educators, the funding […]

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Waldorf education provides alternative approach to learning

Waldorf eduction is an approach to learning based on the philosophies of Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner. There is one Waldorf school in Milwaukee, Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E. Brady St., and another in Pewaukee, Prairie Hill Waldorf School. Both schools go through eighth grade, but at this point, there is not a Waldorf high school […]

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Teacher mourns loss of teacher

This weekend, I came across this post in my Facebook feed. It’s from Dale Weiss, a teacher at my sons’ school, La Escuela Fratney, to the school’s longtime, beloved art teacher, Sue Browne, who was let go this summer due to budget restraints. It reads: “I went into the art room on Friday and got […]

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Public Policy Forum report on public education is out

While I’m at School of Career and Technical Education listening to U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, you can check out the latest public education report from the Public Policy Forum. “For the past 25 years, the Public Policy Forum has compiled and analyzed data from southeast Wisconsin’s public school districts to produce an […]

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U.S. Ed Secretary Duncan stops in Milwaukee

You could tell by heavy police presence that something was up at the old Custer High School on Sherman Boulevard this morning. But, if you didn’t know that U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan was coming to visit the School of Career and Technical Education – an MPS charter that shares the building with […]

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Living with cuts, a group of teachers works to connect

Now that school is back in session, Wisconsin educators are again focused tightly on the kids in their classrooms. But being back amid the chalk dust has made the state’s cuts to schools even more real for teachers, administrators, parents and students. So, a group of teachers in the Monona Grove School District, south of […]

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A tiny photo of a big man

This weekend, I found a tiny square photograph at my mom’s house. It shows me and Mr. Pepper, my third and fourth grade teacher, in the auditorium of my grade school. The photo is small, but Mr. Pepper’s influence on my life wasn’t. There are other faces I recognize in the picture, but none of […]

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Community asked to weigh in on MPS facilities plan

All summer long, Milwaukee Public Schools has been working on a new long-range facilities plan, the final version of which is due to arrive in October. The plan – which, according to the district, “will provide a framework for decision-making regarding school facilities” – comes on the heels of city and state officials’ desire to […]

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Local parents pack creative lunchbox cuisine

Parents who want to pack kids’ lunches that go beyond small bags of corn chips and pre-packaged granola bars sometimes struggle to find easy-to-eat alternatives to the usual lunchbox fare. So in honor of the start of the school year and a commitment to healthy midday eating, OnMilwaukee.com reached out to dozens of local parents […]

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On the first day of school, some welcome news

School began today for Milwaukee Public Schools and other districts in the area, too. I was at two MPS schools this morning and the mood was hopeful and bright. Despite the battles between politicians and educators and administrators, everyone was smiling and hopeful (though some kids looked a little shell-shocked). At Albert Kagel E. School […]

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