Articles By: Larry Miller

Primary results are a major win for public education

Primary results are a major win for public education

Tuesday’s Democratic primary election in Milwaukee was a victory for public education. Who lost? Democrats who support vouchers, the Republican Party and Tea Party activists. At the center of this election was the seat in the 11th assembly district, a race between Mandela Barnes and Jason Fields. Fields has been a longtime advocate for private [...]

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Milwaukee Public Schools: Vested in Montessori Education

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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Democrats should support public education

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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Time for Milwaukee to support MPS kids and teachers

Time for Milwaukee to support MPS kids and teachers

Scott Walker is like the feudal magistrate who destroys the dam, floods the valley and then criticizes the villagers for not stockpiling enough sandbags. Dealing with the aftermath of Walker’s horrific cuts has been devastating to our public schools and to the community. And teachers have been at the forefront of the struggle to stand [...]

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MPS’ call to end violence

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

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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MMAC proposes creation of a caste system of schools

MMAC proposes creation of a caste system of schools

  This is reminder to those of you who follow K-12 education in Milwaukee: there’s a new plan waiting in the wings that includes another attempt at the takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools. The plan, designed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce (MMAC), was reported on by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this past November. [...]

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Adam Bradley on hip-hop

In a previous blog posting I talked about Adam Bradley’s “Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop” as a source for teachers to understand and connect curriculum to popular culture. I have since learned that Adam Bradley has edited an entire anthology on rap that can be reviewed

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Schools need a truly multicultural approach

Schools need a truly multicultural approach

Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Crossroads section ran a thoughtful

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MPS must overcome obstacles

There are no excuses for the low performance of MPS students on the

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Meet Larry Miller, new OnMilwaukee.com blogger

Meet Larry Miller, new OnMilwaukee.com blogger

For my first blog with OnMilwaukee.com, I wanted to give some background of my views on our K-12 education system. I have been accused of caring only about public education and public schools. For that I plead guilty. I believe in the importance of the concept of “public,” which I define as affecting and pertaining [...]

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