Archive for April, 2012

Vieau School students get free eyeglasses

On Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. Wisconsin Vision will provide free eyeglasses to about 50 students at Vieau School, 823 S. 4th St., as part of a growing program that has helped address vision problems for hundreds of Milwaukee Public School (MPS) students in need. Roughly 95 percent of Vieau students come from low-income […]

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Former school board member’s open letter to the MPS board

Dear Directors of Milwaukee Public Schools: Our community has long heard from the School Board that the children and the classrooms are the most important things in the district. I believe it is time for you to put your money where your mouth is. When I was a member of the MPS School Board, I […]

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Why I won’t be applying to teach in Oconomowoc anytime soon

Why I won’t be applying to teach in Oconomowoc anytime soon

Not that I’m unhappy where I am–I am not really thinking about leaving MPS for the burbs. But the recent moves rearranging Oconomowoc High School and its teachers suggests that if the time ever comes I do search for greener pastures, Oconomowoc doesn’t have them. Here’s what the deal is, courtesy of Erin Richards of […]

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Career and Technical Education for the new economy

Every business owner realizes the importance of a skilled and educated workforce. The power of any organization lies in its people and their ability to wisely and effectively advance its goals. Thus, it’s no surprise that education is a key driver of economic development. A community that provides its children with the best educational experiences […]

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MPS proposed budget: Could have been worse. Could have been better, too.

I talked to Meagan Holman, 8th district representative on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, a couple of weeks ago, well before the Superintendent’s proposed 2012-2013 budget dropped. One of her biggest laments about this past year is that MPS faced, in 2011-2012, a massive funding reduction under the state budget prepared by Scott Walker […]

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Students need nurses in public schools

By Sue Bietila Even before Gov. Scott Walker and the state legislature made massive cuts to education last year, Milwaukee Public Schools students were struggling to receive an adequate level of health and medical care at school. I started my current job as a school nurse at a MPS high school three years ago, and […]

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MPS has a widening opportunity gap

MPS has a widening opportunity gap

By Kim Cosier Much has been written about the achievement gap in Milwaukee Public Schools. Hands are wrung over our students’ test scores and heads shake each time a school is declared to be “in need of improvement.” Very little is made, however, of the “opportunity gap,” as renowned education professor Richard Milner refers to […]

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Kagel kids explore world cultures

Last week, MPS’ Albert Kagel School in Walker’s Point celebrated International Day and though I couldn’t make it down to check it out, I asked principal Nancy Martinez to send an update. She tells me that the after-school event was a big success. “More than 150 families attended the first annual International Day at Kagel […]

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How to create a lasting impact without even trying

If you ask me why I choose to be a volunteer tutor with the children of MPS it would be an impossibility to narrow the limitless number of responses that could be given. The children of this city, simply put, are the greatest product we have to offer to the future. They are the embodiment […]

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Our kids need books

Our kids need books

By Jasmine Alinder The National Library Legislative Days are April 23-24 at our nation’s capital. While members of the National Library Association are reminding our legislators why libraries are so important, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on why books and libraries are crucial in our children’s public schools. My daughter is one of […]

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The brightest and the best

By Asad L. Asad In 2003, if you had asked me where I would be in five years, I wouldn’t have had the most articulate response. As a student at Rufus King High School, we were told daily that we were among the “brightest and the best,” capable of accomplishing anything. Cliché? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely. […]

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MPS Children’s Week offers a slate of events to boost our kids

MPS and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association are working together to create MPS Children’s Week, which kicks off Sunday, April 22 and runs through Friday, April 27, with a series of events aimed at giving Milwaukee students a leg up. Sunday launches with an ACT tutoring day for MPS 11th graders at two neighborhood churches: […]

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Hartford Avenue fifth grader Hanel displays work

Hartford Avenue fifth grader Hanel displays work

It’s home to some of the city’s hottest galleries, boutiques and dining spots – and through this Thursday, Milwaukee’s Third Ward hosts the stunning artwork of a 10-year-old Milwaukee Public Schools student. Fifteen pieces by Hartford Avenue University School student Claire Hanel are on display at Verduras, 181 N. Broadway, a tea house and cafe […]

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Democrats should support public education

Removing the Walker regime is within the grasp of Wisconsin voters. Walker’s policies, if allowed to continue, will make pain and suffering the order of the day for many people, while corporations and the wealthy will flourish. As an advocate of public education, working for over 80,000 Milwaukee students, my goal is to steer education […]

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Lending a hand … a few bucks at a time

One of the best emails I’ve gotten so far this month arrived from a teacher I don’t know, at an MPS school I’ve never visited. “Dear Bobby Tanzilo,” it read, “My students have really enjoyed using their new dictionaries! They are taking pride in learning new words. I have one student who is basically a […]

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