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Students from MPS' Whittier and Zablocki schools with district superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver at today's announcement.
Students from MPS' Whittier and Zablocki schools with district superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver at today's announcement.
Students from MPS' Honey Creek and Burdick Schools are working at JA BizTown this month.
Students from MPS' Honey Creek and Burdick Schools are working at JA BizTown this month.

MPS expands Junior Achievement Learning Journey for 5th graders

When she spoke at a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon yesterday in Downtown Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver spoke of the many partnerships the district has with local nonprofits, trade associations and corporations.

This morning at a press conference, Driver will announce that Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and MPS are again teaming up to expand the Learning Journey for district fifth graders at Junior Achievement BizTown, at JA Kohl's Education Center, 11111 W. Liberty Dr.

A series of grade-level experiences offered to every MPS student, created during the tenure of Dr. Driver's predecessor, Dr. Gregory Thornton, Learning Journeys, according to the district web site, "connect MPS’ rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum to hands-on experiences at the region’s best community learning opportunities including Discovery World, the Junior Achievement Kohl’s Education Center and the Milwaukee Public Museum."

Last year Junior Achievement provided programs to more than 166,000 students – including more than 100,000 elementary school kids – in the state through BizTown and other programs.

This year's new partnership allows 5,000 MPS fifth grade students to experience life as an adult at BizTown, which seeks to educate kids about the real-life responsibilities they will face as adults.

Students can manage a simulated town and work at one of the town's 15 businesses, including a bank, a newspaper, a restaurant and city hall. Through the experience they will learn about economics and other concepts they study in their classrooms.

More than 200 MPS fifth grade social studies teachers take part in a curriculum training session before the kids visit BizTown.

Over 1,000 community volunteers also take part, serving as professional role models and helping kids manage their BizTown businesses.

"The JA BizTown program provides MPS students with a realistic opportunity to experience how basic economic concepts are used in the real w…

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BW3 makes good wings, but what it does best out of all wings places is cater to kids.
BW3 makes good wings, but what it does best out of all wings places is cater to kids.

8 things I learned about BW3

Though I’ve had a yen for wings of late, I’m not all that familiar with Buffalo Wild Wings, which before last week I’d visited exactly once, for this

I can’t say that I’m biased against it because it’s a chain, nor can I say I’ve actively avoided it in any way. The fact of the matter is simply that Milwaukee has so many great wings places that I’ve just never passed those up to go to BW3.

But last week, flying solo for dinner with the kids, I was in the mood for wings and whether or not it’s possible, I decided I wasn’t going to bring them to McGinn’s or Leff’s or Club Garibaldi for dinner.

But, we weren’t far from the Mayfair Road BW3, so we stopped in. Here are a few things I learned during that experience as a chain wings newbie...

  1. BW3 is extremely kid-friendly. There are eight items on the kids menu – including two wings options – that run from $3.99 to $4.39 and are a good value.
  2. BW3 is extremely kid-friendly, part two. When we arrived, the kids were offered coloring sheets and crayons. No surprise. They were also offered game-filled tablets. Big surprise and one that kept the kids happy during the meal.
  3. BW3 apparently serves a lot more than wings, but, honestly, I didn’t go there for a salad.
  4. The wings are fairly meaty, though by no means the meatiest I’ve had in Milwaukee. I’d rate them "average."
  5. There are nearly two dozen sauces and seasonings for wings at BW3. In terms of sheer variety, it’s pretty much got everyone beaten.
  6. I’ll come back for the salt and vinegar dry wings and the classic buffalo is pretty good, too, but the honey mustard had a pedestrian flavor that didn’t really do it for me. I admit there are about 18-20 more I need to try.
  7. Anecdotally speaking and without having done a careful, scientific price comparison across all purveyors, the wings at BW3 seemed expensive to me, clocking in at a bit over a buck apiece. But that could be explained by my knack for showing up to most places on …
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The RFP calls for apartments and a community center at the former Garfield Avenue School, a landmark designed by Henry Koch.
The RFP calls for apartments and a community center at the former Garfield Avenue School, a landmark designed by Henry Koch.

DCD committee reviews proposals for Garfield Avenue School

In September the Milwaukee Department of City Development issued a request for proposals to redevelop the shuttered Garfield Avenue School and some adjacent property on 4th Street and North Avenue, including the building that once housed the America's Black Holocaust Museum.

Details of the RFP can be read here. At the same time, DCD staffers led tours of the building and a couple weeks later, the old 5th Street School, just north of Center Street, for which an RFP was also issued.

Yesterday, the DCD team reviewing the three proposals that were submitted – by Gorman and Co., Maures/Common Bond and Brinshore – decided against making a recommendation.

"We needed additional information that will help in making a recommendation," said Rhonda Manuel, the DCD's neighborhoods and business development manager. "We have requested the additional information, with a due date on Dec. 16. The final review take place Wednesday, Dec. 17."

Gorman and Co., based in Oregon, Wis., recently redeveloped the former Jackie Robinson/Peckham Middle School into senior housing. Maures/Common Bond is working to redevelop the former Dover Street School into teacher housing and was just announced as the developer of a new mixed use library on the site of the Mill Road branch.

In related news, MPS has hinted this week that it will turn over a few more buildings to the city to be sold, including the former Wheatley (20th Street School), 2442 N. 20th St., Douglass, 3409 N. 37th St., and 37th Street, 1715 N. 37th St., Schools. Carleton, 4116 W. Silver Spring Dr., has already been transferred and the DCD is reportedly discussing setting up walk-throughs and an RFP.

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Where is the support from Wisconsin for expanding early childhood education?
Where is the support from Wisconsin for expanding early childhood education? (Photo: Milwaukee Public Schools)

White House summit brings news of $1 billion for early childhood education

Having hit the usual brick wall with Congress on early childhood education -- despite the fact that it appears to be an issue most everyone agrees upon -- President Barack Obama today hosts the White House Summit on Early Education which, in the words of the official announcement, is "a convening of prominent business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public committed to the expansion of high-quality early education opportunities for children across the country from birth through school entry."

The centerpiece of the event, however, will be the announcement of more than $1 billion to help jump start the expansion of high-quality ECE seats across the country.

That program, dubbed "Invest in US," has drawn support from dozens of donors, who have already committed to contribute nearly $350 million. Another $750 million in federal funding will come from the Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships.

The announcement arrives as nearly two dozen communities and states have said they’ll make early childhood education a priority. Wisconsin is glaringly absent from the list.

More than 30 states and cities have created already new pre-school or expanded existing pre-school programs since 2013. The most high-profile was New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s massive push to create tens of thousands of seats in time for the first day of school in September in that city.

Dozens of advocacy groups around the country have signed on, including the First Five Years Fund, which is an establishing partner of Invest in US.

"These champions of early childhood education are contributing toward new efforts across the country that will bring more children a critical opportunity for success in school and in life," said Kris Perry, the executive director of the First Five Years Fund, in a statement.

"But there’s still too many children in America that enter school not ready to learn, including more than half …

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