Archive for September, 2011

Psalm One collaborates with Riley Elementary kids

Last year, Philly rockers released last spring on a CD. This month, rapper Psalm One kicks off the annual tour – inaugurated in 2006 – in Milwaukee with kids at James Whitcomb Riley on the South Side. Fly Imaginary Cars,” with kids from Pope Elementary School. She will also spend time at Rhyme School, the […]

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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

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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 facilities plan story yesterday, you know that MPS is facing nearly a billion dollars in deferred maintenance on its buildings in the next decade. If – and […]

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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

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A tiny photo of a big man

This weekend, I found a

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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 initial report was issued. This 27-page document included information on all the district’s buildings and a detailed condition report on those structures. Birth rates and census data were collected. There were analyses of current programs, capacity and educational adequacy of MPS buildings, which […]

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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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