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1. King Park to host Back-To-School Festival on Aug. 13
Amid carnival games, youth talent contests and gospel performances, about 5,000 Milwaukee-area youths will receive backpacks filled with school supplies at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Back-To-School Festival, Saturday, Aug. 13 in King Park.
2. Beat the heat at the Milwaukee Public Museum for just $10
We already gave you 10 ideas to find relief from the heat wave that's overtaken the Milwaukee area. Now the Milwaukee Public Museum adds another way to keep cool and have fun during the scorching weekend ahead.
3. MPS christens Marvin Pratt Elementary School on Friday
On Friday, July 15 at noon, Milwaukee Public Schools, along with a slate of city and state officials and community leaders, will honor former Mayor Marvin Pratt by renaming Silver Spring Elementary School, 5131 N. Green Bay Ave. after him.
4. MPS releases update regarding Opportunity Schools and Partnership Plan
This evening, Milwaukee Public Schools released an update regarding the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program (OSPP) and discussions on alternative proposals which function in the best interest of all of the children of Milwaukee Public Schools.
5. 10 views of the Fernwood Montessori addition progress
Today, I spent a little time with architect Craig Eide and Fernwood Montessori School principal John Sanchez touring the Bay View public school's new addition, which is expected to be complete by mid-July, for a Sept. 1 first day of school.
6. Two more schools added to MPS' Community Schools Partnership
Milwaukee Public Schools' Browning Elementary School and Lincoln Avenue Elementary School are scheduled to join MPS and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County's Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership.
7. MPS issues statement regarding OSPP
Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Mark Sain and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver released a statement this morning regarding the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Plan (OSPP).
8. MTEA plans OSPP opposition rally
As we approach critical MPS Takeover dates put out by County Executive Chris Abele and MPS Takeover Commissioner Demond Means, a large community mobilization to resist the MPS takeover is planned for Monday, June 20 at 2 p.m. at the County Courthouse.
9. Abele, Means ask MPS to work with OSPP to preserve funding, jobs, enrollment
In an open letter to MPS Wednesday, County Executive Abele and Dr. Means urged MPS to come to the table and reach a partnership agreement with OSPP that would protect MPS and ensure stability and certainty for MPS students and families.
10. MPS grads shatter previous record for college scholarships earned
The Milwaukee Public Schools Class of 2016 has earned a record-breaking $47.8 million in scholarships, the district announced Wednesday, shattering the $39.3 million record set by the Class of 2015. The total will continue to grow as more scholarships are awarded.
11. MPS' Pulaski High School earns IB candidate status
Milwaukee Public Schools' Pulaski High School is one step closer to becoming the eighth MPS school to offer rigorous, college-preparatory International Baccalaureate (IB) programming.
12. North Point Lighthouse hosts Graef book signing
On Sunday, June 12, from noon to 2 p.m., award-winning children's book illustrator Renee Graef will be at the North Point Lighthouse Museum at 2650 N. Wahl Ave., for a book signing of her latest book titled "B is for Beacon: A Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet."
13. Kick-off party and classes planned for Clarke Square Community Garden
The Clarke Square Community Garden is celebrating the launch of gardening season with a garden kick-off event, garden plots and two free gardening classes for those who'd like to learn more about gardening.
14. 5 views of the Maryland Avenue Montessori addition
The Maryland Avenue Montessori School building has been growing periodically ever since the first school was opened on the site in the mid-1860s. With one of MPS' most successful and popular programs bursting at the seams of the building, a new addition is coming.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.