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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mayor Barrett defends its role

Now that the mayor, governor and outgoing and incoming state superintendents of public instruction have announced the members of the Milwaukee Public Schools Innovation and Improvement Advisory Council, is it likely that the council will make a difference in the future of MPS?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

(Except Milwaukee Property Taxpayers)

The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) is loosely controlled by the state, which is beginning to build some accountability measures into the program. Gov. Jim Doyle has proposed that choice schools must adopt academic standards, administer state-standardized tests, require all teachers to have a...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Will reform come from insiders or outsiders?

Is this the beginning of the end of the Milwaukee Public Schools? Yes, if you believe the hype promoted by the suburban business community, their representatives in the state Legislature, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who argue that MPS is so dysfunctional and wasteful that it can’t save itself. State Sen. Ted...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

When then-Gov. Tommy Thompson launched the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program in 1996, it was supposed to end welfare as we know it by getting people to work for their benefits, which would lead to independence and family stability. Though the goal of helping people off of welfare and into productive...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Political courage appears to be contagious. President Barack Obama’s bold budget takes on the most powerful forces in America by beginning to end three decades of reverse-Robin-Hood government taking from the poor and the middle class and giving to the rich. At the same time, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Did conservatives lie to the voters?

Three years ago, before the majority of the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibited same-sex marriage and civil unions, supporters argued that the ban only affected the legal status of those two relationships. In contrast, domestic partnerships and the benefits granted by them...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Driver’s certificates would lead to safer roads

The clock is ticking on the implementation of the Real ID Act in Wisconsin. The state has until Dec. 31, 2009, to “materially comply” with the federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to meet new standards and also develop a database that would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to share data...
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

But the feds put the squeeze on local agencies

The $700 billion Wall Street bailout program missed an opportunity to help millions of struggling families make ends meet when it failed to include additional funds for child support enforcement. The federal government provides funds to local child support agencies that connect parents to their kids, either through...
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
In 1999, a plan for Milwaukee Public Schools was put together behind closed doors by the office of Mayor John Norquist and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). The plan was presented publicly by the water boys of the mayor and the MMAC, who had been elected to the Milwaukee School Board with their political support.