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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

It isn’t about the kids

The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) takeover legislation is like a vampire, a state Capitol insider told the Shepherd. It isn’t dead until someone drives a stake through it. And while the highly controversial MPS takeover bill—authored by state Sen. Lena Taylor and state Rep. Pedro Colon, both Milwaukee Democrats—is on life support in the state Legislature, it isn’t dead yet...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week

In the latest effort to push for a mayoral takeover of MPS, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel continues its selective reporting. The Milwaukee Public Schools’ $2 billion unfunded liability is old news, a problem raised in a study commissioned by the MPS Board in 2007 and the Doyle/Barrett-instigated McKinsey report this past spring. But that didn’t stop the Journal Sentinel...
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett deservedly is receiving an outpouring of good will from all over the country, including from President Barack Obama, for an act of good citizenship that resulted in the mayor being brutally attacked. After being beaten with a tire iron as he attempted to summon assistance for...
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

Plus: Board President Bonds releases an accountability report

Opponents of a mayoral takeover of the Milwaukee Public Schools said the change would not help the district compete for federal money, nor would it improve student performance or accountability. At a press conference at City Hall on Monday, opponents of the takeover said the attempt to replace the...
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

Hurdles to overcome,and successes elsewhere are rare

Last Thursday Milwaukee Public Schools Board President Michael Bonds resigned from the appointed MPS Innovation and Improvement Advisory Council “immediately,” claiming that Gov. Jim Doyle, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and state Superintendent Tony Evers were meeting...
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

The Milwaukee Public Schools board is in the process of recruiting a new super-intendent who will hopefully have the experience, vision and leadership skills to move the struggling school system forward. This is serious business because our future, the children, depend on our...
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, May 6, 2009

We’re Focused on the Kids, Not Distracting Politics

Last week’s election of Michael Bonds as president of the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors comes at a crucial time for MPS. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Gov. Jim Doyle are attempting to set up an advisory council to oversee MPS’s finances. An audit commissioned by the two men purported to show...
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...