Education dominates the first part of our news roundup this week, starting with a report that MPS students have again scored lower that most of the rest of the country on standardized math and reading tests. Then, most of Wisconsin’s teachers unions voted to re-certify, despite the now annual requirement that they do so. There was also news of the large racial disparity in traffic stops by Milwaukee Police. Lake Effect Weekend’s regular news analyst and Milwaukee Magazine editor Bruce Murphy joins us now to put it all into perspective.
We learn about a program within MPS to mentor teachers during the earliest and often most challenging years of their career. Amy Mizialko is a district mentor with Milwaukee Public Schools. She’s also a former teacher – she’s been with MPS for 18 years. Mitch Teich spoke with her for our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.
We hear the perspective of one woman who is fairly new to teaching, but not to the education world. Nancy Wisniewski is a special education resource teacher at Milwaukee German Immersion and Milwaukee French Immersion schools. She was interviewed in the basement of her house, by her daughter, our intern, Kirsten Wisniewski. Their conversation is part of our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.
MPS teacher and blogger Jay Bullock believes it's important for teachers to speak up in the broader conversation about education reform. Bullock is an English teacher at Bay View High School. He has been blogging at "folkbum's rambles and rants" on politics, music and education for seven years. Bullock is also the education columnist for the Bay View Compass. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.