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Projected surplus gives governor, Legislature a chance to make a down-payment on undoing mistakes of the past

Wisconsin has a $900 million budget surplus. In part, and in one of the great injustices in state history, it was built on the backs of over 800,000 children in our public schools. The moral and equitable thing to do is begin fixing the damage that was done to our public schools and at least […]

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Common Council approves MPS’ plan for former Malcolm X site

Common Council approves MPS’ plan for former Malcolm X site

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Milwaukee Common Council voted Tuesday to move forward a comprehensive redevelopment of Milwaukee Public Schools’ former Malcolm X Academy that would include a rigorous, college preparatory International Baccalaureate Middle Years school along with improved performance and athletic space for the community and a mixed-use development. The Common Council vote, which was […]

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Student art from Reagan High on view at City Hall and Kohler Arts Center

(PRESS RELEASE) Two high-profile venues are playing host to stunning artwork created by the students at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, one of six International Baccalaureate schools in the MPS family. Visitors to the rotunda at Milwaukee City Hall – 200 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee 53202 – have the chance to […]

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MPS seeks proposals for teacher housing concept at Dover Street School

MPS seeks proposals for teacher housing concept at Dover Street School

(PRESS RELEASE) Milwaukee Public Schools and the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development are seeking proposals to redevelop the former Dover Street School into an innovative, first-in-the-region facility providing affordable quality housing to teachers. The concept, which is aimed at fostering an environment of collaboration and mentoring among educators, was first discussed in February […]

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Oak Creek students will ride on propane-powered school buses

Oak Creek students will ride on propane-powered school buses

(PRESS RELEASE) GO Riteway marked the purchase of 10 new Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses and 10 Micro Bird buses for Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District at an open house today. GO Riteway, which transports 5,500 Oak Creek students each day, now offers an environmentally friendly bus ride that lowers fuel costs for the […]

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C is for Cool!

C is for Cool!

Students can sometimes be the very best advocates for the teaching profession. Here’s a few shout-outs to MPS teachers from none other than their appreciative students. I would like to thank Ms. Schafer because she is a very good teacher. She has many cool activities. She has a very good sense of humor. She is a good […]

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MPS enrollment grows for the first time in a decade

MILWAUKEE (Press release) — Enrollment in Milwaukee Public Schools grew between 2012-13 and 2013-14, reversing a decline that lasted nearly a decade. MPS’ fall enrollment count submitted to the state this year was 78,502, up from 78,461 submitted at the same time last year. The modest increase came after the district lost 1,000 or more […]

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B is for BEST TEACHER!

B is for BEST TEACHER!

Students can sometimes be the very best advocates for the teaching profession. Here’s a few shout-outs to MPS teachers from none other than their appreciative students. Dear Ms. Schaerf: you are the best teacher ever. You push me so far ever since I came into your class I knew I was going to do better. […]

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MPS meeting on Dover St. School building leaves questions unanswered

MPS meeting on Dover St. School building leaves questions unanswered

The excess space owned by the Milwaukee Public Schools has been in the news a lot lately.  Wednesday in Madison, for example, the state Senate held a hearing on a bill that would force MPS to sell buildings to interested charter or voucher school operators even if students or teachers were using the building.  A […]

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New MPS principals lead the schools they attended

New MPS principals lead the schools they attended

Jennifer Smith and Michael Harris may be new to their principal posts, but they are not strangers to the schools they are serving. The new principals at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Rufus King International School (pictured above) – High School Campus and Riverside University High School are graduates of the schools they now lead, joining the […]

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MPS offers free transportation for Head Start students

MPS offers free transportation for Head Start students

As the new school year quickly approaches, Milwaukee Public Schools has announced that it will provide free transportation for students participating in MPS Head Start, which puts qualifying K3 and K4 students on the path to school success through individualized educational experiences, nutrition and family services. The free transportation piece is a first for MPS, […]

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Gov. Walker should veto provision to hide voucher school records

Gov. Walker should veto provision to hide voucher school records

So much bad was packed into the 2013-15 budget headed to Governor Scott Walker’s desk that we should start over. From underfunding public schools to expanding the use of taxpayer dollars to fund unaccountable and under-performing private schools, the budget is just full of legislation that is ideologically driven, fiscally irresponsible, and educationally unproven. With […]

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Nothing good happened at JFC all-nighter for Wisconsin’s public schools

Nothing good happened at JFC all-nighter for Wisconsin’s public schools

Nothing good happens in Wisconsin’s Capitol between bar time and breakfast. Majority members of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) proved that last Wednesday in the wee hours of the morning by passing a budget that puts devotion to political dogma ahead of the futures of our children. What we got when the locked doors opened […]

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Community and Montessori Come Together in Milwaukee

Community and Montessori Come Together in Milwaukee

Sharing a beautiful blog posted by the documentary filmmakers of  “Building the Pink Tower” It was May and snowing in Wisconsin. Jan and I were driving across the state, from home in the Twin Cities and heading for Milwaukee. We were well-stocked with snacks and coffee, but still … it was snowing in Wisconsin. A […]

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Fund public schools, not entitlements for voucher and for-profit charter schools

Fund public schools, not entitlements for voucher and for-profit charter schools

Guest blog by Bambi Statz, PhD In 2000, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court established an educational standard in Vincent v. Voight which provides that “Wisconsin students have a fundamental right to an equal opportunity to a sound basic education . . . that will equip students for their roles as citizens and enable them to […]

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