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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.

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Darling, Kooyenga schools plan born of ignorance

Published May 14, 2015

Way back in the last century when an avalanche of Tommy Thompson and a black state senator named Polly Williams brought school vouchers to Milwaukee, there were two selling points. Both have proved false.

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Cooper School's Kayla homers in Strike Out Bullying contest

Published May 8, 2015

While the Brewers are struggling, not so the kids at MPS' James Fennimore Cooper Elementary on the South Side. Kayla Jimenez, a sixth-grader at the school - which meets state academic expectations and whose principal was tapped last year to serve on an important committee - has won the Crew's first-ever Strike Out Bullying essay contest. Maybe the Dodgers should have read her essay before Thursday's game.

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Students embrace engineering, innovation at STEM science fair

Published May 5, 2015

Rows of students proudly stood in front of tri-fold posters as teachers, parents and community members packed the Peck Welcome Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo during the Milwaukee Public Schools' (MPS) science fair. This was the first year, according to a report from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, that MPS specifically highlighted STEM at the science fair.

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Prom stands for "promenade," not "promoting awful ideas"

Published May 5, 2015

I teach high school, so this time of year I hear a lot about prom. This year, in particular, I've about had it with prom. Not because of the tiresome campaigning for prom queen or the incessant classroom distraction, but because it seems now more than any time in recent memory prom has taken destructive cultural influences and turned the amplifier knob to 11.

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Milwaukee Talks: New school board member Carol Voss

Published May 5, 2015

Carol Voss represents District 8 - which includes Bay View and most of Milwaukee's southeast side - on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. We caught up with her to ask her about the election and what comes next for her in her new role as a member of the school board.

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Great teachers make their mark every single day

Published May 4, 2015

When I became a dad and my kids neared school age, I hoped they'd have a teacher like one that made a lasting impression on me. A few years into their school careers, I can honestly say that my wish has already come true.

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Conflicting rankings show the challenge, and danger, of school ratings

Published April 28, 2015

Last week, the Washington Post issued its annual ranking of the best high schools in every state around the country. The Milwaukee Public Schools, with six high schools making the cut, including the top two spots in Wisconsin and three of the top 10. But here's a thing: Two of the schools on the Washington Post's list also made a different list, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's list of the worst schools in the state.