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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...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) was launched to make private schools more affordable for low-income parents, especially low-income minority parents. The theory was that private schools are better than public schools, and that the competition for students provided by voucher schools would raise...
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 15, 2009
A funny thing happened after Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett hired an outside consultant to examine whether the financial practices of the Milwaukee Public Schools were up to the standards of private business: We all found out how shallow, shortsighted and potentially disastrous the current financial practices of private industry really are...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Drama surrounded campaigns and allegations of illegal contributions from ASA

Who knew that a school board election could be so full of drama? Voters are still casting ballots as we go to press, so we don’t know the results of the April 7 election, which includes four of nine seats on the Milwaukee Public Schools board of directors. The results could shift control of the board from pro-public...
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Against Advocates for Student Achievement

A controversial “reform” group involved in the Milwaukee Public Schools campaigns—Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA)—is the target of a complaint by Citizen Action of Wisconsin. The complaint...