Archive for May, 2012

Senior U.S. Ed official checks in on turnaround at MPS’ Hamilton High

Senior U.S. Ed official checks in on turnaround at MPS’ Hamilton High

PRESS RELEASE – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education Jason Snyder will visit Milwaukee Public Schools’ Hamilton High School, 6215 W. Warnimont Ave., Wednesday to witness the school’s turnaround efforts aided by federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) awards. The SIG efforts, in place this school year, are building upon progress Hamilton has seen. The school […]

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MPS’ perfect ACT scorers

MPS’ perfect ACT scorers

A Milwaukee Public Schools junior has an impressive number to add to his college applications: 36. Rufus King International School student Zhenrui Liao earned the highest possible score on the ACT college admission and placement exam. It’s a rare feat. Last school year, just 704 of the 1.6 million students who took the test received […]

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Milwaukee Succeeds taps Soika as director

Milwaukee Succeeds taps Soika as director

Milwaukee Succeeds, the cradle-to-career educational partnership that aims to improve educational outcomes for all students in Milwaukee, has hired Mike Soika as its first director. In his role as director, Soika will lead and direct the work of the partnership by continuing to recruit and engage partner organizations, oversee the work of the various committees […]

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Drop the Pineapple and nobody gets hurt: “Pencils Down” and the modern American culture of testing

Drop the Pineapple and nobody gets hurt: “Pencils Down” and the modern American culture of testing

Rethinking Schools, the Milwaukee-based education reform outfit that encourages improvements in America’s schools through pursuit of social justice, has a new book out. Pencils Down is an anthology of short texts about tests, about how, when, and why American students get tested and the effects of that overwhelming fact of American educational life. I began […]

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Mad Hot Ballroom is back

Any parent knows that kids can and will surprise you. For example, Danceworks‘ Mad Hot Ballroom program has challenged perceptions of what fifth and sixth graders in Milwaukee schools would love doing. But the success it has had at more than three dozen schools is a testament to the program and to the kids and […]

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Governor’s power moves could be devastating for students

Governor’s power moves could be devastating for students

Have you ever heard about something so absurd that you can’t quite believe that it even happened? Bernie Madoff comes to mind for me—I still can’t quite figure out how he pulled off such a scam. I get the same feeling when I think about what has been happening in Wisconsin. Only this time, it’s […]

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MPS’ 44th Biennial Music Festival set for Wednesday

MPS’ 44th Biennial Music Festival set for Wednesday

More than 2,500 students from schools across the city will sing and perform with one voice Wednesday evening as Milwaukee Public Schools’ Biennial Music Festival opens to non-MPS schools for the first time in its 88-year history. The 44th Biennial Music Festival is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the U.S. Cellular Arena in […]

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Brookfield high schools use technology to bolster financial literacy

Brookfield high schools use technology to bolster financial literacy

Students at Brookfield Central High School and Brookfield East High School are the first in southern Wisconsin to use a high-tech web-based platform to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. The interactive platform – provided by at no cost to the schools by Spring Bank and EverFi, Inc. – uses the […]

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