For nearly a week, we’ve been spelling out challenges that face many students in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Today we present the comments of nearly a dozen freshmen and sophomores who love their school and are doing well. WUWM News Intern Andy Ambrosius visited Audobon High School on South 39th Street. It had been soley a middle school for years, but is now expanding into the upper grades, adding one each year, with an emphasis on technology and communication.
Anneliese Dickman kicks off our live Project Milwaukee show with a discussion on whether changing MPS' governance structure could help achievement rates. Dickman is the Research Director for the nonpartisan Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum. She has examined school choice, early childhood education, and public school districts in southeastern Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee School Board meets tonight to take action on the proposed $1.3 billion MPS budget - that includes nearly 700 job cuts. We talk with Peter Blewett, the vice president of the Milwaukee School Board and director of District 6. He is the former president of the school board. He currently is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Department of English, and is a published poet. He lives in Sherman Park. He spoke with us for our live Lake Effect broadcast for "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS."
The education journal Rethinking Schools recently published an editorial defending public school teachers. We talk with Bob Peterson about why teachers aren't to blame for the district's problems, for our Project Milwaukee series on MPS. Peterson teaches 5th grade at La Escuela Fratney – or Fratney School - a Milwaukee Public School. He is a founding editor of the quarterly journal Rethinking Schools, and is a frequent writer and speaker. He co-edited Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years and Transforming Teacher Unions: Fighting for Better Schools and Social Justice.
The teachers union says MPS’ budget crisis is pitting teacher jobs against the benefits they receive. Mike Langyel is the President of the MTEA, the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association. He spoke with Mitch Teich for our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series. The board action for the proposed $1.3 billion dollar MPS budget is scheduled for tomorrow evening.