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Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week

The state Senate Education Committee held a rare public meeting in Milwaukee on Tuesday to listen to testimony from legislators and Milwaukee residents about proposals to change the governance of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). And it’s a good thing they did travel to Milwaukee, since, as one member of the committee...
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

Issue of the Week, Hero and Jerk of the Week

Issue of the Week City of Milwaukee-Operated Schools vs. Milwaukee Public Schools Everyone agrees that MPS needs reform. But what kind of reform will best serve the educational needs of the stude
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009

Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week

Gov. Jim Doyle and state Superintendent Tony Evers announced their plan to reform the state’s education system—and possibly net some funds from the federal government. They trotted out some ideas for the press, including lengthening the school day, linking teacher pay to performance, changing the...
09.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
The Journal Sentinel�s coverage of the MPS mayoral takeover is atrocious. The paper has editorialized in favor of the takeover. Why not? The MMAC is behind this, so the JS of course is not going to offend the business community in the midst of recession that�s hitting the newspaper industry�and the Journal Sentinel�so hard. Besides, the JS has long advocated for MMAC-suppor...
09.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Now in its eighth year, Fighting Bob Fest draws more than 10,000 progressives and activists to Baraboo to discuss politics and brainstorm solutions. In this Shepherd Q&A, its founder, attorney and former gubernatorial candidate Ed Garvey, previewed this year’s fest and offered his thoughts on some of the biggest political questions of the day. Shepherd: What does it mean to be a ...
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

A Q&A with founder Ed Garvey on Wisconsin’s one-of-a-kind political gathering

Now in its eighth year, Fighting Bob Fest draws more than 10,000 progressives and activists to Baraboo, Wis., to discuss politics and brainstorm solutions. In this Shepherd Q&A, founder Ed Garvey, an attorney and a former gubernatorial candidate, previewed this year’s fest and offered his thoughts...
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

Pros and cons of changing school governance

While everyone seems to agree that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) faces serious challenges, few education experts believe that a change in governance will solve those problems. Despite that fact, the city is beginning to split on how to turn around the district’s performance while...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

Why are Gov. Jim Doyle and Mayor Tom Barrett so dead-set on taking over Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)? Two words: power and control. But the power and control won’t shift to the mayor and governor. It’ll shift to the ones holding the purse strings—the conservative suburban...
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...
08.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
MPS Board President Michael Bonds has sent an open letter to Gov. Jim Doyle, Mayor Tom Barrett, and State Superintendent Tony Evers outlining why a mayoral takeover of the district, which would require a change in state law, is a bad idea. Some excerpts: Destroying democracy and disenfranchising thousands of voters: “Your takeover effort...

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