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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

School-Reform Push Poll Masquerading as Truth

If you’ve donated to the Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA), you should ask for your money back. The pro-voucher “reform” group commissioned a poll on voters’ attitudes before Milwaukee Public Schools board members face voters in April. But the poll, which ASA leaders are presenting as scientific, is anything...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

Obama critics advocate the same policies that created this disaster

Albert Einstein realized that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Clearly, the conservative critics of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan are no Einsteins. Republicans continue to argue for ex- President-Bush-type tax cuts—tax cuts for the wealthy.
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” —President Barack Obama, during his Inaugural Address
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Plus Winners and Jerks of the Week

In an appalling attempt to create news, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in its usual role as the lapdog for the right-wing elements of the business community, distorted and blew up an innocuous vote by a Milwaukee Public Schools board committee to explore the question of the state’s role in public education.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
In 1999, a plan for Milwaukee Public Schools was put together behind closed doors by the office of Mayor John Norquist and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). The plan was presented publicly by the water boys of the mayor and the MMAC, who had been elected to the Milwaukee School Board with their political support.
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008

Book Preview

Any publisher will tell you that poetry-that music of the soul, that sublime agent of universal values-relies as much on successful marketing and distribution as it does on the inspirational muses if it stands any hope of reaching an attentive ear. For its summer program, ArtWorks for Milwaukee, a local nonprofit organization that provides teens with paid apprenticeships in the arts to teach them critical employment skills, attempted to familiarize students with the personal and pragmatic ends of poetry publishing. Eight high-school students from Milwaukee Public Schools were . . .
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Large, urban schools are more likely to be cited

Does the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law unfairly grade urban schools while giving smaller schools a pass? The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district has been a “district identified for improvement” for two years running, based on MPS students’ scores on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam...
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Having been an active participant in the court-ordered busing to integrate Milwaukee’s public schools, I would be the first to admit that it didn’t turn out to magically create quality public schools for every child. Neither will ending busing.

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