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Walker's teacher licensing program is a bad idea and another attack on unions

Published Jan. 27, 2015

The "Scott Walker thing" in question is the plan our governor is putting in his budget to allow people with "real-life experience" to become licensed public school teachers, potentially without even a lick of training, student teaching, or other assurance that those people know a single thing about teaching. It's easy to guess why Walker is proposing such a thing -- I'll get to that in a minute -- but let me explain why I agree with my student teacher that it's a terrible idea.

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MPS enrollment fair highlights programs ... but don't neglect the school visit

Published Jan. 26, 2015

Maybe it's just because I love visiting schools, but I always tell prospective parents to go to a school that interests them as a potential option for their children. Sure, read Great Schools' ratings, talk to other parents, Google the school, but if you're going to do one thing only: go to the school. Not sure which school or schools to check out? Then the first step is to visit the MPS All-School Enrollment Fair on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

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MPS boys basketball teams take to big stage for "City Review"

Published Jan. 20, 2015

As Milwaukee Public Schools works to improve athletic opportunities for students, six of the district's high school boys basketball teams will take to a big stage later this month. "The City Review" is set for Friday, Jan. 30, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena downtown at 400 W. Kilbourn Ave.

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Annual public Montessori summit welcomes Milwaukee community

Published Jan. 14, 2015

For the third straight year, Milwaukee Public Schools' Montessori community has organized a free event for parents, students, teachers and supporters of public Montessori programs. The summit, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 from noon until 4:30 p.m. at MacDowell Montessori, 6415 W. Mount Vernon Ave.

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Accountability, recovery and Dave Begel

Published Jan. 13, 2015

Wisconsin Republicans have unveiled their version of a "school accountability" bill; Democrats released their own bill designed to increase accountability at private schools that receive tax-funded vouchers, some students lost two pre-exam days to weather, the Packers won a playoff game, and a fellow OnMilwaukee.com columnist responded to what Jay Bullock wrote ... not necessarily in that order.

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Cold-weather closures compel some groups to stay open for first time

Published Jan. 13, 2015

Sub-zero temperatures and wind chills shut down Milwaukee area schools and many daycare facilities for two days at the end of last week, leaving working parents with precious few childcare options. In response, according to a report from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, some local organization stayed open this year, reversing their policy of closing when MPS closes.

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Blaming students the wrong approach to meaningful school reform

Published Jan. 11, 2015

Meaningful school reform can't be achieved by nibbling around the edges or blaming students because they come from troubled households. Real reform can come about when it's big idea, like the concept that hard work by students will result in success.

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Greenfield third grader named finalist in national Trees Rock Video Contest

Published Jan. 9, 2015

Annabelle Tornio, a third grade student from Edgewood Elementary in Greenfield, has been named as a top 10 finalist in the 3rd-5th grade section of Scotties Trees Rock Video Contest. The Grand Prize winner in this division will receive $10,000 for the school to use towards a sustainable project, such as tree plantings, outdoor classrooms, playgrounds, athletic fields, gardens and greenhouses.

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Morse-Marshall School students bring gifts for veterans

Published Jan. 8, 2015

Students from the Morse-Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented will visit the Milwaukee VA's Spinal Cord Injury Building Jan. 12. Gifts of 10 handmade wheelchair hub caps are to be presented to veterans by the group of students.

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Pathways ideas generate discussion - and some ire - but are not done deals

Published Jan. 7, 2015

As kids return to school this week, many MPS families are wondering about the future of their programs, thanks to a document that quietly seeped out in December, drawing immediate discussion. Nestled quietly into an MPS committee meeting agenda last month was a description of facilities and programmatic changes that district administration calls "Pathways Projects." We asked board member Claire Zautke about them.

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A "recovery district" won't be magic

Published Jan. 6, 2015

Milwaukee's children, especially poor minority children, start school behind their white suburban peers, fall further behind over the years, and by the time they graduate, if they do, still end up in remedial college classes at a depressingly high rate. These are the facts, and they're true across all Milwaukee's sectors, they're true generally of urban poor children across the country, and they will be true of any Milwaukee "recovery district."

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MPS expands Junior Achievement Learning Journey for 5th graders

Published Dec. 18, 2014

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.