Archive for February, 2012

MPS’ call to end violence

The Maasai people of East Africa use a greeting when meeting people. They say “And how are the children? ” The expected response is “All the children are well.” But all is not well with our children in 2012. On Feb. 28, over 400 people assembled in the Milwaukee Public Schools central office auditorium in […]

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Thornton: Where is the outrage?

Thornton: Where is the outrage?

Last month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors meeting began with a moment of silence for four students who had died in the previous weeks. Again. Four kids – school-age kids – dead. This weekend, MPS student leaders, Mayor Tom Barrett and Peace for Change Alliance gathered for a rally against violence on Saturday, and […]

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Bay View feared the closing of Mound Street School

It’s interesting the way that a myth can grow and trickle down through the generations. Consider the story that aged across a century, along with the former Mound Street School, 2148 S. Mound St., in Bay View. Opened in 1886 as District 12-2, a companion to District 12-1 (later called Allen School), the school was […]

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Continue vouchers?

Continue vouchers?

by Bill Lynch A Feb. 21 Journal Sentinel editorial is entitled, “Choice Enrollment boost shows a worrisome trend.” Not just the voucher program’s expansion, but also whether the voucher school program should be continued merits reevaluation. Drastic cuts to state funds for education require us to come to grips with whether taxpayer support for religious […]

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Swing with Shorewood benefits the SEED Foundation

Swing with Shorewood benefits the SEED Foundation

The SEED Foundation hosts its ninth annual Swing with Shorewood Saturday, March 10 at Discovery World. With live music and dinner catered by Bartolotta’s, this important event helps fund grands for projects and programs in our public schools. Since 2004, Swing with Shorewood has raised nearly $585,000 to help teachers and schools implement new academic […]

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AT&T makes $90,000 grant to support high school success in MPS

AT&T makes $90,000 grant to support high school success in MPS

MILWAUKEE, WI., February 22, 2012 — At an event at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee today, AT&T presented a $90,000 grant to the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to support programs to improve student achievement. This was the fourth installment in a $360,000 “High School Success” grant awarded in 2008 to support the district’s efforts […]

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MPS student leaders to join anti-violence rally

MPS student leaders to join anti-violence rally

MILWAUKEE (February 23, 2012) — Milwaukee Public Schools student leaders are expected to join Mayor Tom Barrett and the group Peace for Change Alliance on February 25 to rally against violence in the community – and discuss solutions to curb it. The event, organized by the Peace for Change Alliance, is set for noon to […]

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Bethune Academy kids inaugurate Kohl’s Education Center at MAM

Bethune Academy kids inaugurate Kohl’s Education Center at MAM

A 5th grade class from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Mary McLeod Bethune Academy was the first to check out the new Kohl’s Education Center at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr.,  today. The kids were at the museum from 10 a.m. until noon creating art projects and interacting in the the news spaces […]

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Thornton praises DPI’s accountability plan

Thornton praises DPI’s accountability plan

(PRESS RELEASE) Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton on Wednesday praised the call from State Superintendent Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for accountability for all publicly-funded schools in the state. The accountability-for-all plan is included in the DPI’s “No Child Left Behind” waiver request submitted Wednesday to the federal government. Accountability […]

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1:1 laptops vs. pencil and paper

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A visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

There are many educators in Milwaukee who wake up every morning and ask themselves, “how can I best serve my students today?” Recently I had a chance to observe some of these teachers at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Unannounced, I accompanied the principal into seven classrooms. Students were engaged, teachers were teaching […]

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A passion for winning can fuel a passion for learning

Too many parents miss one of the great joys of their kids high school days … watching them participate in sports. There is nothing more fun on a Saturday afternoon, than squeezing yourself into a bleacher next to other parents who are just as loud and enthusiastic as you and screaming until your voice gets […]

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We need more “lead” in “Read to Lead”

We need more “lead” in “Read to Lead”

  There was a hearing on Feb. 15 about Governor Scott Walker’s “Read To Lead” “The Price of Extremism,” the same Governor and Legislature that in “the 2011-13 state budget (cut) about $1 billion each year from education, health care, and other basic services.” Some of the most-needed public services have been cut drastically. If […]

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State superintendent Evers visits MPS’ Madison campus Wednesday

State superintendent Evers visits MPS’ Madison campus Wednesday

(PRESS RELEASE) Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers is set to visit Milwaukee Public Schools’ James Madison Academic Campus, 8135 W. Florist Ave., Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., to witness success in the district’s efforts to prepare students for high-tech careers. MPS has roughly 6,000 students who concentrate in career and tech education. Those students […]

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Merger proposal is a reminder that MPS must engage communities

The proposed merger of 68th Street School with nearby 81st Street School has been on our radar, as you’ve likely noticed if you follow what I write about Milwaukee schools. The issue is an important one. For me, it’s interesting, in part because the two schools are not far from where I live. But, of […]

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