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08.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
MPS Board President Michael Bonds has submitted a letter to Mayor Tom Barrett announcing his decision to resign from Barrett�s appointed MPS Innovation and Improvement Advisory Committee �immediately.� I just got off the phone with Pat Curley, Barrett�s top aide, who hadn�t heard that Bonds had turned in his resignation letter. �We�re very,...
08.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
MPS Board President Michael Bonds resigned from Mayor Barrett’s MPS Innovation and Improvement Advisory Council yesterday, which seemed to catch Team Barrett off guard. Bonds’ abrupt announcement was to protest private conversations the mayor, Gov. Jim Doyle and state Superintendent Tony Evers have been having over taking over the elected MPS board—and selecting the next MPS superintendent. ...
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 29, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

Thousands of Milwaukeeans will join their allies across the nation on May 1 to urge President Barack Obama to enact fair immigration reform this year, as he promised during his campaign. The rallies are organized by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM); Voces de la Frontera, a member of FIRM, will organize the march...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Misinformation doesn’t help debate

We’ve all read the screaming headlines about the $100 million wasted by the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) each year and the governor and mayor’s threat to take over the district if it doesn’t make drastic changes. But are the headlines and threats accurate? Here are some of the myths and facts about MPS's finances and...
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...

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