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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...
03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
To the Editor: We are dismayed by the Shepherd’s biased reporting of the MPS school board contest between ReDonna Rodgers and Peter Blewett, and deeply offended by the mischaracterization of Ms. Rodgers. For more than 20 years, ReDonna Rodgers has been a widely respected member of the Milwaukee civic community and an opinion leader in the city’s African-American community. She has ...
03.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
One question has been nagging at me for days: Why would Advocates for Student Achievement, a political action committee co-founded by a member of the MPS board, Bruce Thompson, and whose treasurer is a former MPS board member, Joe Dannecker, not submit campaign finance reports to the City Election Commission? After all, ASA�s been around since 2007. The Shepherd reported on its firs...
03.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Sorry to sound like a broken record, but I’m having a hard time believing that Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) is, as they claim, simply a “good government group” interested in fielding quality candidates for the MPS board and not a pro-voucher, pro-privatization front group that's trying to swing the election. Take, for example, support for the three candidates ASA recruited...
03.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
I read Dan Bice’s column about Advocates for Student Achievement with great interest, since it basically updated and rehashed what I’ve been reporting on for weeks: that ASA has very questionable ties to three candidates for the MPS board, and it hasn’t filed any campaign finance forms with the City Election Commission. Well, ASA hadn’t filed any forms until last Friday, appa...

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