Archive for Category: "family"

Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Wednesday afternoon, MPS announced that Bradley Tech High School received a $250,000 gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, to go toward expanding the school’s welding lab. The $250,000 gift will add four welding stations to the Bradley Tech lab, which was formally named the Bucyrus Foundation Welding Lab [...]

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We have time; let’s get school accountability right

We have time; let’s get school accountability right

With the Wisconsin State Assembly’s passage of SB286, a moderate “school accountability” bill that mostly just requires voucher schools to be part of the school report card system, efforts to impose a stricter, full-of-punishments accountability bill are over for this session. The first six months of next year will be budget time, meaning we have [...]

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The halls are alive with the art of students

The halls are alive with the art of students

The one thing that makes a closed school building look lifeless and truly dead is the lack of student artwork on the walls. For me, other than the people, the thing that’s most interesting in any school is the student artwork on display. If you’ve ever welcomed me into your school and wondered if I’m [...]

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Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts

Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently commended several schools from across the nation, including two right here in Milwaukee, for their efforts in hosting high school foreign exchange students.  MPS’ Rufus King High School and Wauwatosa West High School both received nods from Secretary Kerry for their roles in hosting exchange students and, in [...]

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Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher’s Day

Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher’s Day

Think your teacher is the best? Mayfair is currently seeking nominations for top teachers in the area for a part of its Celebrate Teachers! program.  Teachers can be nominated on Mayfair Mall’s

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MPS: Let the search begin

MPS: Let the search begin

On Tuesday, the

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Teacher appreciation day or skirting collective bargaining?

Teacher appreciation day or skirting collective bargaining?

On Monday, Milwaukee Public Schools teachers and school psychologists received a letter from outgoing Superintendent Gregory Thornton notifying them that their March 28 paycheck would include a 1 percent bonus. In a note that began with breezy weather chit chat, Thornton said, “I want to stop and take a moment to thank you for all [...]

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Strong, consistent leadership needed at top – and in the middle – at MPS

Strong, consistent leadership needed at top – and in the middle – at MPS

It’s old news now that Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton is

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Kids will run for literacy

Kids will run for literacy

SHARP Literacy Inc. and Summerfest Foundation announced today that the first “Kids Run to Read” fun run will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at Henry Maier Festival Park. The event is part of the fourth annual Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run.  Up to 250 children ages 6 to 12 are invited [...]

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Please don’t mock the chicken leg – an "education" summit, part 1

Please don’t mock the chicken leg – an "education" summit, part 1

United by a passion for – OK, a curiosity about – mock chicken leg, MPS’

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They’re coming by the busload to see our public Montessori schools

They’re coming by the busload to see our public Montessori schools

Surely, you’ve heard me say it before.

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Is re-centralization helping school budgets?

Is re-centralization helping school budgets?

One of the legacies of outgoing MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton will be the re-centralization of many items previously included in individual school budgets (aka “board budgets”).

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MPS superintendent steps down

MPS superintendent steps down

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MPS, MTEA aim at feet, squeeze trigger

MPS, MTEA aim at feet, squeeze trigger

The school-reform proposal that went before the Milwaukee Public Schools board last week, and was eventually sent back to committee with no forward motion, was flawed in many ways when its started, but ended up something reasonably good. By sending the plan back to the drawing board, though – in no small part because the [...]

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Local parents struggle with school closings

Local parents struggle with school closings

For Michelle Roberts, the school closings for cold weather this month have been complicated in multiple ways. First and foremost, as a single mom, it meant trying to figure out what to do with her son, who is 9, while she went to work. “I have three personal days, but I was hesitant to use [...]

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