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Maybe my trolls are right; maybe I really am racist

Published April 21, 2015

Based on older data, MPS had the highest suspension rate in the country for African American high school students. Is it because white teachers (like me) are racist? I have been asked this before, casually in conversation with friends or acquaintances and seriously by people trying to get to the root of the problem - even by a fellow OnMilwaukee.com columnist worried that MPS teachers might be setting their expectations too low. I tend to answer no.

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Is withholding recess an acceptable punishment?

Published April 21, 2015

In an April 14 Education Week post, reporter Evie Blad noted that the practice of taking away recess time as punishment is a common practice. But, it seems, that's changing ... in some places.

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School's green yard earns MMSD honor

Published April 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District has given Maryland Avenue Montessori its monthly Green Luminaries award for the rain garden that has greened a large chunk of the school's more than three-acre site.

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Is Milwaukee's education marketplace killing school pride?

Published April 14, 2015

We're well into our second generation of students who have no sense of loyalty or school pride, our second generation of alumni who are leaving the system with no particular connection to their high schools. These young men and women will be of little use in any kind of alumni engagement scheme unless something changes in this city and district to help students -- or force students -- to be more loyal to their schools.

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Veteran charter school heads say oversight essential for new charters

Published April 8, 2015

The heads of two successful charter schools in Milwaukee are questioning a recent proposal to allow high-performing charter schools to replicate without approval of an authorizing body, according to a report from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, arguing that the plan is not in the best interests of the city.

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Experts on post-Katrina New Orleans education reform speak in Milwaukee

Published March 25, 2015

With proposed legislation under discussion to bring to Milwaukee some of the education reform efforts that affected New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors has invited three experts who lived through and studied the reforms there to speak in Milwaukee.

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Dr. Driver meets with Obama at the White House today

Published March 16, 2015

Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver is one of nearly a dozen leaders of urban school districts headed to the White House this morning to meet with President Barack Obama as part of the Council of the Great City Schools' three-day annual legislative/policy conference in Washington.

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MPS approves contract to convert Malcolm X for King Middle School

Published Feb. 27, 2015

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors on Thursday night approved the construction contract to renovate the vacant Malcolm X site, 2760 N. 1st St., into a new home for Rufus King International Middle School, which currently inhabits a former elementary school.

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Pan-African group helps refugees, immigrants adjust to U.S.

Published Feb. 25, 2015

Wendmy Nida Moyenga entered Washington High School as a sophomore several months after emigrating from Burkina Faso. First hour - an English as Second Language class - went well, but she soon had to plunge in to regular high school classes. Moyenga found the language and cultural differences challenging, but was most upset by the bullying. After that first semester, Moyenga connected with the Pan-African Community Association, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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Board of School Directors President Bonds releases statement on Walker's budget

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Dr. Michael Bonds announced Monday that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will consider a resolution by Director Larry Miller calling on Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature to restore adequate funding to public schools in Wisconsin.