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Articles tagged with 'schools'

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An open letter: Support the Dover Street Teachtown plan

Published April 15, 2014

I am writing to offer my strong support for the proposal, which would pour $18 million of investment into the neighborhood, add significantly to the tax base and provide a space for young teachers new to the city to find their roots and develop a love of this city that I too have adopted as my home.

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Merged program at 81st Street School takes steps forward

Published April 11, 2014

When it comes to schools, communities often know best. Maybe not always, but often. And it looks like in the case of Eighty-First Street School - in the Cooper Park neighborhood on the city's West Side - that's the case. In the first year of the roll out of a new personalized learning curriculum at the school that was merged with nearby 68th Street School two years ago, progress is already being seen.

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Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Published March 26, 2014

Wednesday afternoon, MPS announced that Bradley Tech High School received a $250,000 gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, to go toward expanding the school's welding lab.

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We have time; let's get school accountability right

Published March 25, 2014

With the Wisconsin State Assembly's passage of SB286, a moderate "school accountability" bill that mostly just requires voucher schools to be part of the school report card system, efforts to impose a stricter, full-of-punishments accountability bill are over for this session. That means we have time to try to get such a bill right.

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The halls are alive with the art of students

Published March 24, 2014

The one thing that makes a closed school building look lifeless and truly dead is the lack of student artwork on the walls. For me, other than the people, the thing that's most interesting in any school is the student artwork on display.

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MPS: Let the search begin

Published March 13, 2014

On Tuesday, the Baltimore City Public Schools board approved the four-year, nearly $1 million contract that will bring MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton to that city on July 1. So, it was no big surprise that Thornton submitted his letter of resignation to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors Wednesday, effective June 30. Now, the work of finding a replacement officially begins.

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Teacher appreciation day or skirting collective bargaining?

Published March 4, 2014

On Monday, Milwaukee Public Schools teachers and school psychologists received a letter from outgoing Superintendent Gregory Thornton notifying them that their March 28 paycheck would include a one percent bonus. But some view the bonus as an end-run around collective bargaining.

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Strong, consistent leadership needed at top - and in the middle - at MPS

Published March 3, 2014

It's old news now that Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton is stepping down to take the helm of the public schools in Baltimore. His four-year tenure here sure seemed brief, but according to those who know, that's about average for leaders of big urban districts. Finding and keeping good leadership at the top is just hard in districts like MPS.

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They're coming by the busload to see our public Montessori schools

Published Feb. 28, 2014

Surely, you've heard me say it before. Milwaukee Public Schools' family of public Montessori schools is unrivaled in the United States. No other city can boast seven traditional public Montessori schools plus one district charter Montessori program. On March 7, a busload of folks from Madison is coming to check out three of the schools.

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Is re-centralization helping school budgets?

Published Feb. 25, 2014

One of the legacies of outgoing MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton will be the re-centralization of many items previously included in individual school budgets. Will that be a positive legacy? I want to hear your thoughts.