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The top 10 myths about the UW system

Published June 17, 2015

Over and over again, in the public debate about the UW system, people toss around rhetoric that feels generic and, in some cases, demonstrates a misunderstanding about how the university system operates. If we're going to radically change such a key engine to our state's economy - and I don't think we should - let's at least understand the facts.

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Lowell becomes 7th MPS IB school

Published June 10, 2015

Lowell Elementary School is MPS' 7th "International Baccalaureate" school; district now home to more than 25% of the IB schools in Wisconsin.

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Legislators respond to Wauwatosa SOS

Published June 10, 2015

Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Dale Kooyenga offer a rebuttal of a Wauwatosa SOS commentary on the public school omnibus amendment to the upcoming Wisconsin budget.

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Say no to K-12 Omnibus motion

Published June 6, 2015

Read the K-12 Omnibus Motion, authored by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) scheduled to pass this week. Charter school teacher Melissa Pallin says she is crying out to the public to get vocal now.

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Students create street mural for their neighborhood and learn civic engagement

Published June 4, 2015

Artists Working in Education, Inc. (A.W.E.) has partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools' Anna F. Doerfler Community School and Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) to engage students in creating Milwaukee's first street mural. The celebration and unveiling of the mural will take place on Friday, June 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Anna F. Doerfler Community School.

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SOS: A distress signal to parents of Wisconsin public school kids

Published June 3, 2015

On May 20, 2015, the Joint Finance Committee voted on education spending for the 2015-2017 biennium. After the vote, Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), a JFC member, said the JFC went "above and beyond restoring funds to K-12 education." Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Are Republicans trying to turn the UW into the University of Phoenix?

Published June 3, 2015

Yes, I'm being a bit hyperbolic but not by much. When I read the so-called UW "reforms" that passed the Joint Finance Committee the other day, that's what popped into my mind: The Republican vision for the UW sort of reminds me of University of Phoenix. And, no, that is not a good thing.

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Why no "opportunity" for Milwaukee's voucher schools?

Published May 26, 2015

Last week, Wisconsin's Joint Finance Committee passed a 29-page Republican-penned omnibus education funding package, which includes so many terrible provisions it's hard to know where to begin.

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$5 million gift helps Boys & Girls Clubs establish academic support program

Published May 20, 2015

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.

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The attack on public education

Published May 19, 2015

According to this commentary from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, you would have to be a master of the art of naiveté to not understand the difficulties the recent education proposals from the likes of Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Alberta Darling, Rep. Dale Kooyenga and County Executive Chris Abele present to educators, students and parents.

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Zielinski's charter school proposal: smart policy, smart politics or both?

Published May 18, 2015

I'm also a teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools, so for me, the most important topic of any campaign, even for alderman, is education. You can imagine, then, that Ald. Tony Zielinski's surprise proposal last week, which would stop the City of Milwaukee from opening new charter schools, was of interest to me. I like this plan, though the timing seems suspicious.

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A pair of school visits offers contrasting images

Published May 15, 2015

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.