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Former McKinley School faces demolition

Former McKinley School faces demolition

I have a special affinity for the old McKinley School, 2001 W. Vliet St., which has been owned by V.E. Carter Development, and according to the city’s website, still is. The group ran a day care and, I think, a school in the building, but something appears to have changed. (There are no listings for [...]

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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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MPS aquaponics program expanding to five new schools

MPS aquaponics program expanding to five new schools

Milwaukee Public Schools’ Urban Schools Aquaponics initiative has received a two-year, $98,000 contribution from AT&T and the NEA Foundation. The new funding will expand the program into five new schools and reach a total of 1,500 MPS students over a two-year period. The goal of the contribution is to increase low-income students’ interest in STEM [...]

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Golda middle schoolers advance in mobile app competition

Golda middle schoolers advance in mobile app competition

Last month

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Milwaukeean calls out Wall Street Journal on schools op-ed piece

Milwaukeean calls out Wall Street Journal on schools op-ed piece

Dear Wall Street Journal, It is nice to see the Journal taking an interest in Milwaukee’s doings again; it has been more than a decade since, for example, you elite Manhattanites writing for the nation’s foremost financial newspaper deigned to endorse candidates for the Milwaukee school board, in elections where perhaps a couple thousand people [...]

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

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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The guy who hates school vouchers

The guy who hates school vouchers

You probably heard­­ a voucher school, LifeSkills Academy, closed last week. That story, a surprisingly common one, is usually just a local story, but Erin Richards’ reporting in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Last week rocketed around the country in no small part because of the lurid headline­­”

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Public Montessori summit welcomes Milwaukee community

Public Montessori summit welcomes Milwaukee community

For the second year in a row, Milwaukee Public Schools’ Montessori community has organized a free event for parents, students, teachers and supporters of public Montessori programs. MPS is home to the largest grouping of public Montessori schools in the nation, with seven traditional public Montessori schools – Lloyd Barbee, Craig, Fernwood, Howard Avenue, Kosciuszko, [...]

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MHSA teacher honored for support of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

MHSA teacher honored for support of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

This morning, Milwaukee Public Schools and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts honored teacher at a surprise event in her classroom at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts.  Katter, an English teacher of MHSA, received the honor because of her long-standing support of the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, which [...]

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New Golda Meir high school banks on rigor and size

New Golda Meir high school banks on rigor and size

Sometimes even the most trusted brand has cautious customers. When that brand is a school and parents have their eyes on their children’s education, a dose of skepticism is especially expected. Consider

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MPS board votes on Dover sale this week

MPS board votes on Dover sale this week

After a pair of

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Help give the gift of education

Help give the gift of education

Tis the season for opening your hearts and helping out around town. One way you can do that is to help a teacher in a classroom. I don’t mean in person – though you can do that at many schools, of course. Instead, consider doing something like donating materials to a classroom at your child’s [...]

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New MBA school leadership program coming to MSOE

New MBA school leadership program coming to MSOE

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is starting a new MBA school leadership program through the Rader School of Business at MSOE. It marks one of the first such fellowship programs in the country, the other launching at the University of Indianapolis. The new program, titled the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership, will [...]

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MHSA student named one of the best, brightest young artists in the nation

MHSA student named one of the best, brightest young artists in the nation

Shampriel Morrise, an 11th grade student at Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) was named one of the “best and brightest young artists in the nation” by the National YoungArts Foundation.  Morrise, a voice major at MHSA, was one of 700 young artists selected from more than 10,000 applicants across the nation to receive [...]

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