Education

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With debate over the state budget continuing, Wisconsin legislators are hearing from public school administrators around the state who are concerned about significant proposed cuts to K-12 education spending.

But funding is not the only hot-button education issue on the legislature's agenda. There are also debates over standardized testing, Common Core standards, integration programs, and voucher and charter schools.

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Even before Hurricane Katrina changed just about everything in New Orleans, the state of Louisiana had started the process of reshaping the city’s public schools, creating an entity known as the New Orleans Recovery School District.  But the storm sped up the process and was used as the catalyst for nearly a wholesale state takeover of control of schools there.

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In a mix of sports metaphors, Tuesday's Reading Blitz represents a full-court press for organizations trying to improve reading skills among Milwaukee kids.

The day's effort, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, is the culmination of a concerted effort to increase the number of volunteer reading tutors in the community.  Community engagement specialist Karissa Gretebeck says the effort is aimed particularly at the youngest readers.

Milwaukee Public Schools

It’s probably not stretching things to point to a parallel in the decline of the manufacturing sector in Milwaukee, and the academic decline in a high school that has traditionally placed graduates into manufacturing jobs.  

Bradley Tech High School, by most measures, is struggling – so much so that Milwaukee Public Schools named it as one of just over a dozen schools worthy of extra intervention.

Meet Jenni Hofschulte, the 35-year-old mom who's one of the parents leading the charge against testing in Milwaukee.

"I have two children in Milwaukee Public Schools," Hofschulte says over coffee at a cafe near her home. "The oldest one is in eighth grade." She's interrupted by her fidgety 4-year-old son, Lachlan.

Hofschulte quiets him down, furrows her brow and begins again.

Hofschulte says that when she found out her son would have to take a diagnostic test next year that's required of all Wisconsin kindergartners, all kinds of red flags went up.

While Wisconsin debates whether districts should administer the Smarter Balance Test, some voices insist schools are over-testing students.

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Many of us have an idea in the back of our heads that one of these days we will leave the rat race behind and learn to live off the land a bit more. Grow our own food, or perhaps live off the electric grid, maybe even make our own cloth. Kind of like how our great grandparents lived – but with better plumbing.

Edel Muñoz

Among the many cultural events that Milwaukee’s Latino Arts has put on over the years, the musical offerings are among the most distinctive.

University of Wisconsin System

Chancellor Mark Mone says UWM has absorbed 12 years' worth of cuts and is operating as one of the leanest research universities in the country.

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Both Republicans and Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature have drafted measures aimed at reforming education in Wisconsin.

WI GOP Leaders Set to Take Up Education Reforms

Jan 6, 2015
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Monday was inauguration day, not only for Gov. Walker, but also for Wisconsin’s Legislature. Some Republican members are anxious to get to work on education policy.

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Among the issues before the state legislature in the coming session will be potential expansion of school choice programs to other parts of the state. 

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Milwaukee hosts a great number of musical organizations for all to get involved.

Marti Mikkelson

Topics range from enacting Common Core state standards to hiring good teachers.

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If passed, the ramifications of a proposed bill that would change how we pay for and govern the state’s area technical schools.

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