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Articles tagged with 'schools'


Harsh truth on campus: Wisconsin isn't immune from nationwide crisis

Published Nov. 28, 2015

There's endless data and statistics that tell the story of what it's like to be an African-American student at a predominantly white college. Those numbers across the nation paint a dismal picture - and according to a Madison365 report, Wisconsin is not immune.


MPS expected to shift how it approaches new charter schools

Published Nov. 24, 2015

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors and MPS administrators have signaled that they soon will take a major step toward becoming more proactive and intentional in chartering schools, according to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service report.


What Means means for MPS

Published Nov. 17, 2015

The announcement last week that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele selected Demond Means to take on the role of Opportunity Schools Partnership commissioner came not as too much of a surprise - but it was a relief, seeing what the pick means for MPS.


Opponents question MPS board decision to put Carmen, Pulaski under one roof

Published Nov. 4, 2015

According to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service report, tensions were high during an almost two-hour discussion over the proposal to place Carmen, an MPS charter school, under the same roof as Pulaski, a longstanding traditional high school. The eventual vote came in 5-4 in favor of the proposed partnership.


DPI aims for better equity in Wisconsin's K-12 teachers

Published Oct. 19, 2015

I have good news, and I have bad news. The bad news is that two recent analyses of who teaches where in Wisconsin's K-12 system confirm what we all suspected, which is that the schools with the poorest, hardest to teach students by far have the most inexperienced and poorly trained teachers, and that problem is growing. The good news is that there's an effort afoot to try to improve that.


Abele won't be a hero in fight for MPS, but he won't be a villain either

Published Oct. 13, 2015

Any day now, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will appoint a "commissioner" who will identify up to three Milwaukee Public Schools that will be subsumed into the new Opportunity Schools Partnership, their teachers removed and their assets seized. He argues he's making the best of a bad situation, but does this make Abele a hero or villain to MPS?


MPS seeks input on a potential new program at Happy Hill

Published Oct. 5, 2015

The former Happy Hill Elementary School has been closed since 2006. But don't think folks at MPS haven't been thinking about it. Now, the district is again turning to the community as it seeks to re-open the school - built in 1958.


"More work remains" on possible partnership between Carmen, Pulaski

Published Sept. 29, 2015

According to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service report, MPS is considering a "knowledge exchange" partnership between a charter school and one of the district's traditional public high schools. MPS has held three meetings to solicit community feedback on the idea, which would expand the Carmen High School of Science and Technology's highly sought-after program into Casimir Pulaski High School, where both would operate side by side.


Air Force veteran teaches thinking and life skills through chess and art

Published Sept. 23, 2015

During his eight years of military service, two tools helped Quan Caston connect with others: his knowledge of chess and his talent for drawing. Now a resident of the Amani neighborhood, according to a report from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, Caston decided that he wanted to contribute to a more peaceful community by teaching what has been beneficial to him, "starting with the children," but including their families.


Historic schoolhouses inspire Milwaukee painter

Published Sept. 17, 2015

When Milwaukee artist Ariana Huggett started to leak out images of the paintings for her upcoming show, "Old Schools" - on view Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, in conjunction with Doors Open Milwaukee, at the Material Studios + Gallery in the Third Ward - a lot of folks took notice.


Milwaukee schools host Friday walk-in to support public education

Published Sept. 14, 2015

This Friday, Sept. 18, families will gather outside more than 80 Milwaukee Public Schools and walk in together to show their support for public education. Once inside, parents and community members will share information about the state plan to take over schools