Education

Politics & Government
1:01 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Former Journalist to Head Wis. Think Tank

Wisconsin Policy Research Institute researches policies at the state level.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews new WPRI director Mike Nichols.

As one of Wisconsin's think tanks, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute strives to shape public policy and bring transparency to government.

So it comes as no surprise that its new director spent years as a journalist doing just that.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Thu May 30, 2013

LEGO as an Educational Tool for Arts and Creativity

Andrew Johnson, one of the ten Lego Master Model Builders in the world.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews LEGO Master Model Builder Andrew Johnson.

LEGO has been a part of childhood for many of us, but for some, it is also their career. Andrew Johnson is a LEGO Master Model Builder in Chicago.

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Education
12:50 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Milwaukee's Homeschoolers Take Learning Outside the Home

Students explore animals' metamorphoses during the Spring Homeschool Day at Lynden Sculpture Garden.
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Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Jennine Pufahl of the Milwaukee Area Home Learners.

What challenges are there to homeschooling children, and what misconceptions do others have about this in-home learning?

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Education
5:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Critics of Common Core Standards Voice Concerns

Critics of common core standards say changes are needed

Forty-five states including Wisconsin have adopted what’s known as common core standards.  They’re federal criteria outlining what students should learn in math and English at specified grade levels and how it should be taught.

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Education
2:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

What Parents Want in Afterschool Programs

A new report details what parents look for in afterschool programs for their kids.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Anneliese Dickman of the Public Policy Forum on afterschool programs.

A new report says convenience trumps quality for parents when it comes to picking an afterschool program.

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Education
12:55 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Expert: Considering Students' Home Language Could Help School Performance

Author Anita Pandey.

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews author Anita Pandey.

Hayes Bilingual School in Milwaukee scores 62.2 on the state report card system. That means it’s just shy of meeting expectations. Most MPS schools fall at or below that level, but Hayes is different. Its growth score is 86 – well above the state average. The school’s dual-immersion approach seems to be generating improvements in both math and reading.

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Education
2:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Author Finds "Stain of Segregation" in Milwaukee's Schools Both Past and Present

Lessons from the Heartland by Barbara J. Miner

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Barbara J. Miner.

Some public school advocates are sounding alarms over several issues in Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget. They point to essentially unchanged state aid and a call for expanding the state's voucher program as new challenges to Wisconsin's public school systems. Some also say that the effort to reward higher-performing schools would come at the expensive of schools already facing a steep climb, in districts such as Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Education
11:33 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Author Finds "Stain of Segregation" in Milwaukee's Schools Both Past and Present

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Barbara Miner speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Some public school advocates are sounding alarms over several issues in Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget. They point to essentially unchanged state aid and a call for expanding the state's voucher program as new challenges to Wisconsin's public school systems. Some also say that the effort to reward higher-performing schools would come at the expensive of schools already facing a steep climb, in districts such as Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Politics & Government
10:58 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Wisconsin Student Fights for Sequestration Compromise on Capitol Hill

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Alex Holland.

The sequestration deadline is today. Most lawmakers are at least uneasy about the across-the-board cuts totaling $85 billion, but negotiations to avoid them have been difficult. Democrats are reluctant to change entitlement programs. Republicans oppose new tax revenue.

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Education
12:50 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

MPS-Morehouse Partnership Builds Bridge to College for Young Black Men

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton with one of last year's class of MPS students who received scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Morehouse College president John Wilson, Jr.

In the last several weeks, the news cycle has been filled with stories of young men - many African-American - signing letters of intent to play sports at various American colleges and universities.

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