Archive for July, 2012

Fare thee well, Roseann

As Milwaukee Public Schools’ communications director Roseann St. Aubin announces her departure, we offer a fond farewell. Like most of you, I first “met” St. Aubin when she was a local broadcast news personality. After stints in the Department of City Development and working for then-Mayor John Norquist, St. Aubin moved to MPS, where she’s […]

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What was he thinking?

What was he thinking?

What was he thinking? A teacher in Georgia tried to blend math and history and got himself in really hot water. Third grade teacher Luis Rivera at Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Gwinnett County wrote math questions asking such questions as: “If 8 slaves pick 56 oranges…”! Whoa!! What was he thinking???!!  WAS he thinking?? […]

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Join Manilow in boosting MPS music programs

Barry Manilow is donating a musical instrument to Milwaukee Public Schools, and he’s offering free tickets to his Aug. 4 show to anyone who does the same. The hit crooner kicked off his musical instrument drive for MPS with the donation of a Yamaha piano, but he’s giving even more back to Milwaukee. Manilow fans […]

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Using NAEP cut scores devastates, disserves our students

Using NAEP cut scores devastates, disserves our students

Yeah, I think I made up that word, disserves.  But I mean it; this new plan to use NAEP cut scores to grade schools and students on our state test would be a tremendous disservice. As many of you may know, Wisconsin was granted its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law a […]

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Committee on high schools snubs key stakeholders: students themselves

Here we go again … the state legislature has created the Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School. The committee met for the first time on July 16. It has an impressive list of members and invited speakers who know what they are talking about when it comes to what employers want vs. […]

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Milwaukee Public Schools: Vested in Montessori Education

Parents who can afford to send their children to private school often choose a Montessori education. MPS is making Montessori education public; accessible to everyone. MPS has been offering Montessori education since the mid-1970s. We are expanding this year by growing MacDowell at Juneau Campus and opening a new school in the old Tippecanoe building. […]

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GE Girls at MSOE kicks off a week of tailored learning

GE Girls at MSOE kicks off a week of tailored learning

GE Healthcare and Milwaukee School of Engineering have teamed up to provide middle school girls with a week-long workshop focused on science, technology, engineering and math starting Monday, July 16. The week-long GE Girls at MSOE program will provide 25 middle school girls from the Waukesha School District an opportunity to discover career paths in […]

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MPS will participate in premier Common Core training

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A team of more than 40 teachers, principals and administrators from Milwaukee Public Schools, as well as business leaders, will contribute their knowledge, interact with national education leaders, and enhance their understanding of major changes coming to the classroom, the GE Foundation announced Tuesday. The GE Foundation will underwrite the cost of […]

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Minimal school aid increase for next year does nothing to replace lost opportunities

It’s an indisputable fact: Public education is the great leveler in our economy and our society. If we put in the resources up front we will get the results we all want: Successful young adults, an economy that works, and a civil society we can be proud of. At the very time Wisconsin’s students need […]

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What kind of district is MPS going to be? Aide benefit question offers a guess at the answer

At its regular monthly meeting last week, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors voted to limit the availability of benefits to non-full time employees of the Milwaukee Public Schools.   Anyone working under 30 hours a week – and that could be anyone from a cafeteria worker to the paraprofessional assistant in a special-education classroom […]

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Counting the days until the first day of college

Counting the days until the first day of college

We are counting the days until my son begins college more than 1,000 miles away from home. Exciting for him … not so much for me.  Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled that he will be attending college in another large city, filled with wild nightlife, drugs, alcohol, beautiful co-eds, a massive football stadium, […]

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