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1. Joint statement from MPS board & superintendent on JFC budget action
Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Dr. Michael Bonds and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver issued the following statement regarding Joint Finance Committee action on the state budget.
2. Create a Super Reader and prevent your child taking the "summer slide"
It's that time of year again. The time when I'm thrilled that my kids are thrilled to sign up for Milwaukee Public Library's Super Reader summer reading program.
3. $5 million gift helps Boys & Girls Clubs establish academic support program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) today announced it has received a $5 million gift from longtime donors Keith Mardak and his wife Mary Vandenberg to establish the MarVan Scholars, an extended learning day program in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). The gift is the largest donation in recent BGCGM history.
4. A pair of school visits offers contrasting images
This morning the folks in the facilities department of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District were kind enough to give me a tour of a closed school building. As an added bonus, my tour guide offered to show me an interesting school nearby, too. The contrast was striking.
5. Milwaukee Democratic legislators oppose GOP takeover plan of MPS
Milwaukee Democratic legislators released a statement today on the Republican plan to take public schools and give them to private operators.
6. MKE Plays poised to transform some of Milwaukee's neediest play spaces
The MKE Plays program, which endeavors to transform 12 of the city's most deteriorated playgrounds into models of local collaboration and renovation over the next three years, will be unveiled during a news event Wednesday, May 13, hosted by the program's principal architect, Common Council President Michael J. Murphy.
7. Darling and Kooyenga push ahead plan to give public schools to private operators
State Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Dale Kooyenga are pushing ahead with their plan to take public schools that you, as a citizen and taxpayer, own - run by a school board that you elect - and hand them over to a bureaucrat at, get this, Milwaukee County!
8. Cooper School's Kayla homers in Strike Out Bullying contest
While the Brewers are struggling, not so the kids at MPS' James Fennimore Cooper Elementary on the South Side. Kayla Jimenez, a sixth-grader at the school - which meets state academic expectations and whose principal was tapped last year to serve on an important committee - has won the Crew's first-ever Strike Out Bullying essay contest. Maybe the Dodgers should have read her essay before Thursday's game.
9. MPS senior Alethia Tilford named a prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholar
Alethia Tilford, a senior at Milwaukee Public Schools' Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, the Department of Education announced Monday.
10. Great teachers make their mark every single day
When I became a dad and my kids neared school age, I hoped they'd have a teacher like one that made a lasting impression on me. A few years into their school careers, I can honestly say that my wish has already come true.
11. Local German language students honored at awards ceremony
The DSSV (German Language and School Society of Wisconsin) held its 60th annual Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. The event recognized outstanding achievements in the DSSV's Essay Contest and the 2014 National German Exam.
12. Milwaukee Ballet teams with Children's Hospital on Tour de Force program
Milwaukee Ballet and Children's Hospital are proud to announce their landmark program created to offer children with disabilities the chance to participate in ballet classes.
13. MTEA educators elect new president, vice president
Members of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association elected a new president and vice president in a biennial election that ended Friday.
14. Is withholding recess an acceptable punishment?
In an April 14 Education Week post, reporter Evie Blad noted that the practice of taking away recess time as punishment is a common practice. But, it seems, that's changing ... in some places.
15. YMCA and County Parks team up for new day camps and swim lessons
The Milwaukee YMCA and the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture announced yesterday that the two organizations formed a partnership to bring day camps and swim lessons to County Parks this summer.
16. School's green yard earns MMSD honor
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District has given Maryland Avenue Montessori its monthly Green Luminaries award for the rain garden that has greened a large chunk of the school's more than three-acre site.
17. EBT cards not a solution for WI Shares program flaws
Electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards are not a solution to the most glaring flaws in the WI Shares program. A program whose neglectful funding has left our most vulnerable children stuck in a second class system of child care, with the highest quality providers working not towards a five-star YoungStar rating, but instead towards the day when they can leave the program altogether by serving 100 percent wealthier, private pay families.
18. Community forum with Milwaukee school board candidates scheduled for March 31
The MICAH Education Task Force will hold a community forum featuring the candidates for the Milwaukee Board of School Directors on Tuesday, March 31 at St. Matthew CME Church, located at 2944 N. 9th St.
19. Experts on post-Katrina New Orleans education reform speak in Milwaukee
With proposed legislation under discussion to bring to Milwaukee some of the education reform efforts that affected New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors has invited three experts who lived through and studied the reforms there to speak in Milwaukee.
20. Mobile apps created by Washington High School of IT students on display at iFair
A student-designed mobile phone bowling game - as well as a mobile app that gives prospective students a virtual tour of MPS' Washington High School of Information Technology - will be on display Wednesday at Washington's spring iFair, hosted by Harley-Davidson.
21. Milwaukee Public Market supports youth chess proposal
The Milwaukee Public Market, in response to a proposal by Milwaukee County Supervisor Martin Weddle, announced Friday it would provide up to $5,000 as a matching grant should the Milwaukee County Board approve the proposal to provide equipment and youth chess classes this summer at five parks: Washington, Lincoln, McGovern, Mitchell and Sherman.
22. Public school advocates to request hearing extension to testify against budget
Milwaukee educators, parents and students will arrive at the state budget hearing immediately after school this Friday, March 20 and ask that the hearing be extended so they can express their concerns about proposed budget cuts to public schools and universities.
23. Boys & Girls Clubs receive $2 million donation for basketball league
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) today announced it has received a $2 million donation from longtime donor and trustee Albert Nicholas, founder and chairman of the Nicholas Company, Inc. - a Milwaukee-based investment advisory firm - to fund and develop a recreational basketball league within its clubs.
24. Can dogs suffer from mental illness?
The question of weather a dog can actually be mentally ill is a controversial topic in veterinary medicine, but one that blogger Lindsay Garric asks anyway.
25. Dr. Driver meets with Obama at the White House today
Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver is one of nearly a dozen leaders of urban school districts headed to the White House this morning to meet with President Barack Obama as part of the Council of the Great City Schools' three-day annual legislative/policy conference in Washington.