Articles By: SchoolMattersMKE

MPS boys basketball teams take to big stage for "City Review"

MPS boys basketball teams take to big stage for "City Review"

As Milwaukee Public Schools works to improve athletic opportunities for students, six of the district’s high school boys basketball teams will take to a big stage later this month. “The City Review” is set for Friday, Jan. 30, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena downtown at 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. The three marquee match-ups […]

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Crossing guards receive deserving recognition this week

Crossing guards receive deserving recognition this week

Milwaukee is joining communities across Wisconsin in commemorating “Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week” – Jan. 12-16. Ald. Terry L. Witkowski, chair of the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee, said the state Department of Public Instruction officially proclaimed Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week. He said the recognition is well-deserved for the men and women “who ensure […]

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Blaming students the wrong approach to meaningful school reform

Blaming students the wrong approach to meaningful school reform

Jay Bullock is a teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools and a regular blogger at OnMilwaukee.com, therefore he’s a colleague. He recently wrote a column about the proposal to create a “recovery district” in Milwaukee for schools that are failing. Nobody knows what that district would be, who would run it, how it would be funded […]

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Morse-Marshall School students bring gifts for veterans

Morse-Marshall School students bring gifts for veterans

Students from the Morse-Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented will visit the Milwaukee VA’s Spinal Cord Injury Building Jan. 12. Gifts of 10 handmade wheelchair hub caps are to be presented to veterans by the group of students. The event begins at 11 a.m. in the Recreation Hall of the SCI Building located on the Milwaukee VA […]

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Garfield School proposals released

Garfield School proposals released

Months after the City requested proposals to redevelop a group of properties on 4th and North, including the Henry Koch-designed former Garfield Avenue School and the building that housed America’s Black Holocaust Museum, two plans have emerged. Three proposals were received and scored and ranked by the Department of City Development. The two top-scoring proposals […]

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Pathways ideas generate discussion – and some ire – but are not done deals

Pathways ideas generate discussion – and some ire – but are not done deals

As kids return to school this week, many MPS families are wondering about the future of their programs, thanks to a document that quietly seeped out in December, drawing immediate discussion. Nestled quietly into an MPS finance committee meeting agenda last month was a description of facilities and programmatic changes that district administration calls “Pathways […]

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MPS expands Junior Achievement Learning Journey for 5th graders

MPS expands Junior Achievement Learning Journey for 5th graders

When she spoke at a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon yesterday in Downtown Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver spoke of the many partnerships the district has with local nonprofits, trade associations and corporations. This morning at a press conference, Driver will announce that Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and MPS are again teaming up […]

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Flu is upon us and Milwaukee is awash in germs

Flu is upon us and Milwaukee is awash in germs

Stay away from Facebook, it’s covered in germs. If it wasn’t alarming enough that every third social media post appears to be about a feverish and/or vomiting child, the news at some local schools has been pretty crazy, too. Last week, one of my children came home to report that there were only five kids […]

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White House summit brings news of $1 billion for early childhood education

White House summit brings news of $1 billion for early childhood education

Having hit the usual brick wall with Congress on early childhood education — despite the fact that it appears to be an issue most everyone agrees upon — President Barack Obama today hosts the White House Summit on Early Education which, in the words of the official announcement, is “a convening of prominent business leaders, […]

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MPS students go door to door seeking support for Silver City mural

MPS students go door to door seeking support for Silver City mural

Ten seventh and eighth graders recently went door to door in the Silver City neighborhood of Layton Boulevard West seeking resident support for a mural the students want to paint outside Anna F. Doerfler Community School at 3014 W. Scott St. “I think going door to door was a really great idea. We were letting […]

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New #itsAaron shares a story you should hear

New #itsAaron shares a story you should hear

Aaron Rodgers and David Gruber have partnered for a third season of the itsAaron.com series – and they continue to give us more reasons to love Rodgers beyond the football field.  For this episode, Rodgers surprises Tony Gonzalez and three of his former students at Milwaukee College Prep’s 36th Street Campus. Tony’s story more than […]

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Well-rounded afterschool programs are essential to year-long success

Well-rounded afterschool programs are essential to year-long success

As students approach the midpoint of another school year, there is a central conversation among parents and guardians regarding the quality of education their children receive at school. Part of those conversations should also focus on afterschool care, which is a prime opportunity for student enrichment. Each afternoon during the school year, millions of students […]

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Concordia University’s School of Pharmacy Building wins architectural award

Concordia University’s School of Pharmacy Building wins architectural award

This morning, Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) announces that its School of Pharmacy Building received the Architectural Portfolio Award for outstanding design in the post-secondary category from American School & University magazine. The news arrived in the November issue of the publication.  In the piece, Dr. Dean Arneson, dean of Concordia University Wisconsin, notes the building surpasses […]

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College Possible announces plan to expand college access at White House event

College Possible announces plan to expand college access at White House event

This morning, as a part of The White House College Opportunity Day of Action, College Possible CEO and founder Jim McCorkell – alongside President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders – announced new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate […]

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Highland Community School’s China trip is now "officially" complete

Highland Community School’s China trip is now "officially" complete

When Mayor Tom Barrett visited Highland Community School on Monday to welcome home a group of adolescent students from China, the trip — according to the students themselves — wasn't officially over yet. Today, it is officially complete. The 16 eighth- and ninth-grade students traveled to participate in China's first-ever Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) International Conference, in Zhengzhou […]

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