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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...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Drama surrounded campaigns and allegations of illegal contributions from ASA

Who knew that a school board election could be so full of drama? Voters are still casting ballots as we go to press, so we don’t know the results of the April 7 election, which includes four of nine seats on the Milwaukee Public Schools board of directors. The results could shift control of the board from pro-public...
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Against Advocates for Student Achievement

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...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Technically, it doesn’t sound like a push poll. But at least one person who picked up the phone said the simple questions about Milwaukee Public Schools made her “uncomfortable.” The survey-taker asked three questions: How would you rate Milwaukee Public Schools; do you hold current school board members...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hardin’s district will have a new MPS board representative

Voters in the city’s North Side and Riverwest neighborhoods will have a chance on April 7 to elect a new representative to the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) board of directors. The Fourth District’s longtime MPS board representative, Charlene Hardin, is not on the ballot. The challengers, Michael Mathias and...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

State Superintendent Candidates’ Visions for MPS Primary election is Tuesday, Feb. 17

Although turnout is traditionally low for primary races for nonpartisan offices, there are very good reasons why Milwaukee voters should care about the primary election for state Superintendent of Public Instruction on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The five candidates vying to head the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI)...
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.

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