Archive for March, 2013

Why vote in state schools superintendent race?

Why vote in this race? There are almost a million reasons. If you are writing a column and you want people to take a nap while pretending to read it, try writing about the exciting race for Superintendent of Schools in Wisconsin. But once you shake your head to rid it of exciting thoughts you […]

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Governor Walker’s bait-and-switch budget has nothing new for public school children

Governor Walker’s bait-and-switch budget has nothing new for public school children

Question: When is $129 million not $129 million? Answer: When it is the additional aid Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker promised to send to the state’s public schools. Despite the Governor’s claimed increase for 2013-15─an anemic and inadequate one percent even if true─it is really only $39 million …. a paltry half-percent increase or $44.83 per […]

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Garric rallies the music troops in support of Barbee Montessori

The world is full of beautiful, unexpected collisions. Take for example the upcoming “After School’s Out” benefit concert at The Hotel Foster on Friday, March 22. The show, organized by Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and his better half – and OnMilwaukee.com contributor – Lindsay Garric was put together to raise money for Lloyd Barbee […]

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Area students score high on national German exam

Area students score high on national German exam

Milwaukee area students are being recognized by the American Association of Teachers of German for its students’ outstanding performance on the annual National German Exam. Rufus King High School had four juniors and 13 seniors winning the Gold Certificate, placing at or above the 90th percentile nationwide. The Milwaukee School of Languages had five juniors […]

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MPS students, teachers get $15k

Ten MPS students and educators have been awarded Herb Kohl Educational Foundation scholarships and fellowships. Five students won $1000 Kohl Foundation Initiative Scholarships, which recognize “exceptional initiative in the classroom” and “strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.” The winning MPS students are:Aaliyah Barnes – Samuel Morse/John Marshall School for the Gifted and TalentedArieal […]

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Student artists pay tribute to Bronzeville

For anyone who lived on the North Side during that special time, the name “Bronzevillle” is spoken with reference. It’s the name of the legendary Milwaukee African-American community in the mid-20th Century that is remembered fondly in stark contrast to the current state of some black neighborhoods.  Bronzeville was a small mecca of thriving black […]

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MPS school receives national recognition

Milwaukee Public Schools’ Frederick J. Gaenslen School, 1250 E. Burleigh St., has received a national award. Gaenslen won the Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) Gateway to Technology National Recognition for its commitment to PLTW’s rigorous program, which connects math and science curriculum to hands-on engineering and technology projects. The K-8 school in Riverwest offers the […]

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Former Milwaukee education reporter writes about New Orleans

Former Milwaukee education reporter writes about New Orleans

Sarah Carr, a former Milwaukee education reporter who moved to New Orleans in 2009 to cover schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, sees some similarities in both troubled public education systems. “I think they both have their strengths and their weaknesses,” Carr said in a recent interview. “I think both places have great and […]

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School board candidate: Larry Miller

School board candidate: Larry Miller

School board elections take place on April and in order to help you make a more informed decision at the polls in this race, which often flies under the radar, we’ve asked each of the seven candidates – running for four seats on the 9-member board (there are eight regional districts and one at-large seat) […]

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Walker’s budget is a school killer; legislative Republicans propose a severe beating instead

Walker’s budget is a school killer; legislative Republicans propose a severe beating instead

It’s budget season in Wisconsin, which means two things: One, the histrionics are dialed up to 11 (j’accuse, you say, and you’re right); and two, everyone I know and care about in education in Wisconsin is furious. Two years ago, Governor Scott Walker’s first biennial budget was devastating to schools. In it, the revenue cap […]

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