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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...
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

Finding funds during tough economic times

Rumors of the MilwaukeeHigh School of the Arts' demise have been greatly exaggerated. To be sure, the prestigious MPS specialty school is still on life support. But the recent financial troubles that led some to wonder if the school would fold appear to have been averted for the time being. Go back three years, and the school had accumulated nearly $1 million in debt. The higher cost of running a specialty school, combined with declining federal...
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...
03.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
To the editors: In response to your article, �Connecting the Dots,� which appeared in the March 4, 2009, issue of the Shepherd Express, I think some clarifications should be made. It seems that one person in particular has needlessly drawn journalistic fire�Eric Hogensen. I think that fire is misplaced. Instead of talking about the issues that plague Milwaukee�s schools, you inadvertent...
03.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
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, filed with the state Government Accountability Board this week, alleges that ASA and three candidates for the MPS board have not properly disclosed all of their activities. Accordi...
03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Thought that the controversial anti-incumbent, anti-union �reform� group Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) was up to more than they were letting on? Well, according to the e-mails they posted on their Yahoo Group, they were. The unidentified yet highly resourceful and entertaining blogger SixandSevens has posted some of them online at DailyKos.com. The gist of the e-mail...

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