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1. MPS Benjamin Franklin School dedicates Buddy Bench to promote friendships
On Friday, May 27, Benjamin Franklin School Principal Katrina Fisher and additional staff joined Quarles & Brady Milwaukee Office Managing Partner Katie Perhach and other firm attorneys to dedicate a second Buddy Bench on the school's playground.
2. Recent op-ed argues school spending debate with emotion, not facts
Education policy can arouse passions, and there is nothing wrong with feeling strongly about an issue. But emotion is not a substitute for facts and reason, and passion is no excuse for stridency and error.
3. County Executive Abele, Dr. Demond Means make announcement on OSPP timeline
County Executive Chris Abele and Dr. Demond Means today made an announcement on the status of the implementation of the OSPP, confirming they plan to wait on any decisions about which school the program will operate in until they are able to meet with MPS leadership.
4. Hamilton issues statement on MPS Black Lives Matter initiative
Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton released the following statement concerning MPS' Black Lives Matter initiative, as well as the My Brother's Keeper program.
5. Proposed MPS budget invests in strategic initiatives despite stagnant revenue
In its annual review of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) superintendent's proposed budget, the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum reports that the district is able to invest in several strategic priorities, even though it continues to struggle with its perennial challenges of flat state aids and frozen per-pupil revenue limits.
6. North Division students' mobile app chosen as one of six national winners
North Division High School students Tatiana Loyd and Qiaira Matthews' "Emoji Encouragement" app is one of just six national winners in the Lenovo Scholars Network competition, Lenovo and NAF announced this week.
7. Safe & Sound announces new hires
In April, Safe & Sound welcomed William Coleman to the organization as Program Director. Coleman will direct Safe & Sound's teams dedicated to neighborhoods within four Milwaukee (police) districts and each made up of a youth organizer, a community organizer and a CPU coordinator.
8. Kohl's Wild Theater for kids set to open sixth season at the Zoo
Kohl's Wild Theater performing arts group at the Milwaukee County Zoo is set to start its sixth season with entertaining and educational theater pieces geared toward children.
9. Bucks visit Siefert Elementary for Friday read-a-thon
The Milwaukee Bucks will visit Siefert Elementary School, 1547 N. 14th St., on Friday, May 13, for a special read-a-thon from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
10. Abele, Means ask MPS to say yes to their OSPP proposal
"A partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools would allow us to put more resources and support into the district, without disrupting MPS students or employees," County Executive Chris Abele said.
11. MKE Plays awarded prestigious NEA grant
The MKE Plays program has received a prestigious "Our Town" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, said Ald. Michael J. Murphy, who helped launch MKE Plays last year.
12. UPDATE: Garfield School redevelopment gets WHEDA funding
Last year, the city approved a plan by Maures Development Group to redevelop a set of buildings, including the Henry Koch-designed former Garfield Avenue School, into mixed-income housing, a new America's Black Holocaust Museum and more. What's up?
13. Marcus DeBack Playground renovation plans revealed
The MKE Plays program, which is helping to transform 12 of the city's most deteriorated playgrounds, will unveil plans for Marcus DeBack Playground during a news event Friday, April 29 hosted by the program's founder, Ald. Michael J. Murphy.
14. German Language and School Society of Wisconsin celebrates its 60th anniversary
The German Language and School Society of Wisconsin (DSSV) will celebrate its 60th anniversary this weekend with its annual awards ceremony held on Sunday, May 1 at Marquette University High School.
15. 8 MPS options rank in top 6 percent of Wisconsin high schools
There are eight MPS high schools that rank in the top 32 of Wisconsin high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.
16. Bringing home an older dog
My family recently adopted a new dog. His name is Beauregard, and he is a rescue from HAWS in Waukesha. We weren't looking to adopt another dog but sometimes fate just intervenes. We lost our Shadow a couple of years ago and after a period of adjustment Sydney was comfortable at home with her feline companions.
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17. 5 things I learned about Milwaukee's school segregation history
James K. Nelsen is a history teacher at Golda Meir High School who decided to turn his senior thesis on segregation and MPS into a book. Finally, after 18 years, he did just that. Tuesday, he gave a lecture at UWM's Golda Meir Library on that topic.
18. Victory School announces "carnevale" for new full Italian immersion program
Milwaukee Public Schools' Victory School is inviting families to a free, fun event as the school introduces a full Italian immersion program, beginning with four-year-old kindergarten (K4) this fall.
19. Uno Throwdown: New rules in the house
The creation of the game happened one night probably a decade ago. My younger brother, my then-girlfriend and I, drunk on coffee, began stuffing the rule book with variations. Since then I've never played an "official" game of Uno.
20. Growing up in the golden age of action figures
Not everything sucked when we were kids. I know this because my daughter plays with a bunch of the toys my parents saved from my childhood. As the new "Star Wars" opens this weekend, I'm reminded that we grew up in the golden age of action figures. Before video games and technology turned them into something else.
21. A look at the South Division dome, a South Side icon
Today, I found myself driving past Bluemel's Garden Center, which is closed for the season, at 4930 W. Loomis Rd., and I couldn't resist the urge to stop and see the old South Division High School dome, which was built into the garden center's building.
22. Who was Betty Brinn?
Here's the scoop on the amazing Betty Brinn, namesake of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Downtown Milwaukee.
23. Fernwood Montessori addition beginning to rise in Bay View
In February, the school board tapped Foundation Architects to design an addition at Fernwood Montessori School in Bay View. Work began this summer and the new 21,566-square foot addition, which includes a gym, is going up in the west playground.
24. Bingo raises big bucks for kids
Since 1994, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino has raised millions of dollars for dozens of children's organizations. For the past few years, OnMilwaukee staff members have called a bingo game in support of the program, and senior writer Molly Snyder seems to have a calling for bingo calling.
25. MYSO receives award from Michelle Obama at the White House
Today, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra announced that it is one of 12 programs that have been selected to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.