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MPS details Malcolm X settlement for city committee

MPS details Malcolm X settlement for city committee

A group of Milwaukee Public Schools officials appeared before the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee at City Hall Tuesday morning to offer updates on the plan to open an International Baccalaureate middle school at the former Malcolm X Academy, 2760 N. 1st St. The communication — sponsored by Ald. Robert Bauman — was […]

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Great teaching endures in the memories of students

Great teaching endures in the memories of students

By Kathy Quirk – I recently attended my high school reunion – I won’t say which one, but let’s say it’s in the decades. One of the trivia games we played was naming those teachers from all those many years ago, when given a quick clue.  It was amazing to me how many of us […]

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Fuller backs Common Core standards

Fuller backs Common Core standards

This is no time for Wisconsin to abandon the Common Core education standards, according to Howard Fuller, former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. The controversial standards have become a hot-button issue in Wisconsin and around the country. Gov. Scott Walker called upon the state legislature in July to repeal the standards. In voicing his support, […]

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Milwaukee Talks: MPS superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver

Milwaukee Talks: MPS superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver

Yesterday, on the morning she officially began work as permanent MPS superintendent — becoming the first woman to hold that office — we sat down with Dr. Darienne Driver to chat. Driver — at 36 surely one of the younger urban superintendents in the country — was named acting superintendent in June after having served as the […]

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When was the last time you thanked a teacher? Here’s your chance.

When was the last time you thanked a teacher? Here’s your chance.

Everyone has a story about a teacher who made a difference in their life. Maybe it was Mrs. Tucker who taught you to read. Maybe it was Mr. Burke who showed you how to avoid being bullied on the playground.  Or Mrs. Marvin, who is the singular reason you know long division. Then again, it […]

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You Won’t Remember Me: Reflections on Ms. P

You Won’t Remember Me: Reflections on Ms. P

By Talonda Lipsey-Brown – Dear Miss, You won’t remember me or my name. You have flunked so many of us. On the other hand, I have often had thoughts about you and the other teachers, and about that institution which you call “school” and about the kids that you flunk. You flunk us right out […]

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Report: State education funding model fuels inequities across Wisconsin

Madison’s non-partisan Forward Institute released a report Monday that looked at education funding across the state of Wisconsin and found that over the past decade increasing poverty, deep education cuts, voucher expansion, the economic recession and growing rates of bilingual and special needs enrollment have led to a system that fuels funding and opportunity gaps […]

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Social media could help MPS parent coordinators connect

When school opened for the majority of MPS schools this week, most every program had a new 30-hour-a-week parent coordinator paraprofessional on staff to help school staff and families build bridges.  The specifics on the new positions are in a post I wrote back in May. “We’re all very excited about the new Parent Coordinators,” School Board […]

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Butterflies of Excitement: A New School Year Brings New Possibilities

Butterflies of Excitement: A New School Year Brings New Possibilities

By Lisa Plichta – Summer drew to a close with the passing of Labor Day weekend. And, as we physically or electronically advanced our calendars to the month of September, a majority of school-age children started their 2014-15 school year. This year, I began my 23rd year as a professional educator; but, every first “official” […]

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The 127th first day of school

Lately, I’ve been posting historical photos of Maryland Avenue Montessori School to the Old Eastsiders group page on Facebook and garnering lots of great feedback. Many of the group members attended the school for at least a year or two, some of them non-stop from kindergarten through eighth grade, and the photographs conjure memories of […]

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MPS staggers start of school to help youngest students feel at home

Taking something of a page from the book of the district’s successful public Montessori schools, all MPS schools this year will use a staggered start to help introduce primary-aged children to their schools. In the past, the Montessori schools — whose K3, K4 and K5 kids share classrooms — welcomed K5 students on the first […]

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Great Teachers are Collaborative Teachers

Great Teachers are Collaborative Teachers

By Cecilia Marrero — Have you ever been in a second grade classroom with ninety students and four teachers? I have. But before you start freaking out, let me explain. I want you to figuratively tear down the classroom’s interior walls and think about a classroom like a body. The blood represents the students and they […]

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Mitchell is among area schools getting a primp from GE volunteers today

Today, more than 2,500 current and retired GE employees, plus about 150 other volunteers, are walking into 16 Milwaukee Public Schools and four Waukesha Public Schools (as well as Greenfield High School) to paint, clean, organize and landscape to help the schools plan for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 2. From 8:30 […]

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MPS will offer free meals to all students

All MPS students will now have access to free breakfast and lunch at school. Over the summer, Milwaukee Public Schools was accepted into a program, open to schools that take part in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, that allows it to offer free meals to all students enrolled in the district. “This […]

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Celebrate Teachers: Mrs. Rosalind Bennett

Celebrate Teachers: Mrs. Rosalind Bennett

By Kathy Bergant — First on my list of best, favorite, most dedicated, and most influential teachers is Mrs. Rosalind Bennett. She taught second grade at Morgandale Elementary School on Milwaukee’s south side, and I feel most fortunate to have been among her students. She and her hubby were middle-aged and childless, so Mrs. Bennett counted […]

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