Archive for January, 2012

Hand back MPS’ backward budget process

Hand back MPS’ backward budget process

Last spring I took to the streets with my children and our friends and other supporters of public education to march in support of public education.  I was moved to tears a few times because “IT” had come to “THIS.” But frankly, I had a sense of relief as I was surrounded by THOUSANDS of people […]

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Future of 68th St. School program up for discussion at public meeting Thursday

The offices of Alds. Michael Murphy and Jim Bohl have organized a public meeting Thursday evening at Milwaukee School of Languages, 8400 W. Burleigh St., to discuss a community proposal to merge the early childhood program of 68th Street School into nearby 81st Street School. (You can find background and links to more background here.) […]

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Future of 68th Street School program up for discussion at public meeting Thursday

The offices of Alds. Michael Murphy and Jim Bohl have organized a public meeting Thursday evening at Milwaukee School of Languages, 8400 W. Burleigh St., to discuss a community proposal to merge the early childhood program of 68th Street School into nearby 81st Street School. (You can find background and links to more background here.) […]

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A Milwaukee education reading list

While few might think of Milwaukee as a hotbed of activity in the world of education books, some know better. Of course, Rethinking Schools is the source of the largest quantity of books about education and its catalog is full of works that trumpet diversity and offer guidance to teachers new and veteran. But there […]

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Together Everyone Achieves More

Together Everyone Achieves More

Although I remain so hopeful and motivated, two things this week have brought my cynicism to a whole new level: First, the resounding bi-partisan applause that US House Representative Gabby Giffords received at the State of the Union address coupled with the subsequent unanimous passing of her last Bill prior to resigning her seat to continue her […]

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MPS’s CO merry-go-round

MPS’s CO merry-go-round

A number of years back, I taught a student – let’s call him Johnny – who got caught allegedly selling marijuana in the school bathroom.  Johnny wasn’t a bad student, not great academically but pleasant and respectful in class.  But that incident put him on the CO list. In the Milwaukee Public Schools, “CO” is […]

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Of course money matters in quality education

Of course money matters in quality education

Have you noticed that it’s OK to bail out Wall Street with billions of taxpayer dollars, but we can’t “just throw more money” at the problems in public education? We can save the automobile industry with an infusion of cash, but we talk about closing schools that “don’t produce” on standardized tests. The argument from […]

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Milwaukee-area students show their bright side in political debate

by Mike Morgan As parents, it’s pretty nice when our kids teach us a lesson or “show us how it’s done.” At a time when much political debate in Wisconsin and nationally seems intensely partisan, personal and petty, more reasoned and rational political discussion comes from a local group of high school students who annually […]

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The Class of 2008

The Class of 2008

After reading another article about what a failure those in popular media feel Milwaukee Public Schools has become, I began to think. In most articles and discussions, we see numbers and discuss statistics, but often never see and hear the real stories behind these numbers. All we hear is kids at MPS are doomed to […]

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Here’s the good news …

Here’s the good news …

Today, Milwaukee Public Schools issued a press release with the headline “Art, music, physical education would get boost in MPS budget plan.” It’s true that each school will be guaranteed a minimum allotment of these subjects and that’s good news. But the budget is certainly going to be a mixed bag for Milwaukee’s 165 or […]

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Some art, music and gym return but more teachers will likely go

A little more budget news emerged today as MPS issued a press release that pointed out that all school budgets will include at least a day per week of art, music and gym. The downside of the budgets, from what I’ve seen so far, is that they will touch classrooms and class sizes. According to […]

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MPS Director Sain, Supt. Thornton hold listening session this week

MPS Director Sain, Supt. Thornton hold listening session this week

MILWAUKEE (News Release) – Milwaukee school board Director Mark Sain (District 1; pictured above) and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton are inviting parents and neighbors in Board District 1 to attend a listening session and community discussion at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Vincent High School. Director Sain, the Superintendent and community members are expected […]

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Competing plans for 68th Street School program head to the board

Since the Milwaukee Board of School Directors gave MPS superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton an extra month to work out a relocation site for the early childhood education program at 68th Street School, which the board voted in December to close at the end of this school year, community activists have been busy working on a […]

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MacDowell preps expansive musical before expansion move

MacDowell preps expansive musical before expansion move

MacDowell Montessori, 17th and Highland, is slated to move to the Juneau Campus and reopen in an expanded K3-12 program in September. The drama club at city’s first public Montessori school is excited about what may be the last production in its current home. “The musical is about the Timeline of Life, which traces the […]

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Kids love sharing the school cafeteria table with a guest dad

Kids love sharing the school cafeteria table with a guest dad

If you ever want to feel like a celebrity. Or maybe a celebrity therapist, have lunch with your kid in the cafeteria at school. I’ve done this a number of times, most recently a few minutes ago, and I’m always amazed how much kids love it. And not just my own kid. All the kids […]

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