Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Education
3:10 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Report: Stunning Level of Truancy Among MPS Students

According to the state Department of Public Instruction, more than 70 percent of MPS high school students were considered truant in the 2012-2013 school year.
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There has been a lot of effort spent in recent years to improve the dropout rate in the state’s largest school district.

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Education
11:26 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Federally Funded Program Seeks to Spark Improvement at Some Milwaukee Public Schools

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The state's report cards on school and school district success came out earlier this fall. Those performance measurements look at areas including student achievement and growth, a school's success in closing performance gaps and readiness for post-secondary education.

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Economy & Business
10:49 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Future Of Local Construction Skills Program Uncertain

One Hope Made Strong (OHMS) classes are hoping to find a new home after being asked to leave North Division High School in April.
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The skills gap gets a lot of attention in this state. There are a lot of unemployed people here, and a lot of positions that could be filled if those people had a different set of skills.

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Politics & Government
3:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Aftermath of Gun Violence: What Happens to Family? Friends? Community?

Chicago, like Milwaukee, is one of the many cities in America who is trying hard to curb gun violence. Meanwhile, family and friends are still affected by the turmoil and pain of gun violence.
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The news seemingly each day this summer has been filled with reports of gun violence and its aftermath.  Fatal and non-fatal shootings get plenty of headlines, but what isn’t covered as regularly is the aftermath of that violence; how it affects the victims, their families, and the community at large.

There are also people and organizations working to make change.

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Regional
3:51 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Neighborhood News Service Effectively Informs Milwaukee Communities

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS) is an award-winning online source for objective, professional multimedia reporting on urban issues in 15 Milwaukee communities.
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The online media source Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has been operating for three years, with support from places such as the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, and Marquette University.

Among outlet’s missions has been to cover hyperlocal neighborhood stories that are often missed by larger publications with broader scopes.

But has that ambition been realized?  And how does the Neighborhood News Service itself figure into the work of community building?

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Reporter Investigates Poverty by Going into the Neighborhoods, Speaks to the People

Poverty can be seen throughout Milwaukee, in some areas more than others.
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Most of the news stories we read or see that relate to poverty get to the issue through some other lens – crime, unemployment, housing issues.  But writer Brendan O’Brien set out to cover poverty different in an ongoing series of reports for the online Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

O’Brien’s series focuses on poverty as a way of life in neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s north side, and he joined Mitch Teich in the Lake Effect studio to share some of the backstory.

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Project Milwaukee
3:24 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Report: Nearly 100K Driver's Licenses Suspended Each Year in Milwaukee

Something as simple as a broken headlight can lead to a driver's license suspension.
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Many of Milwaukee's poorest residents are dealing with a double-whammy when it comes to access to employment: poverty and suspended driving privileges.

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Education
1:53 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Charter Schools' Impact On MPS' Bottom Line

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Enrollment in MPS doesn’t just depend on how many students live in the district, but how many parents choose to send their kids to charter or voucher schools.

Milwaukee’s online Neighborhood News Service recently looked at how the number of schools chartered by MPS compares to the number of independent charter schools in the city. Reporter Edgar Mendez joins Lake Effect to share what he learned.

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Education
3:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Could Wisconsin Students be Facing an Earlier Start Date?

Wisconsin school districts may choose to start earlier than Labor Day.
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Public schools in Wisconsin start after Labor Day. But, a bill proposed in both houses of the Wisconsin legislature might change future start dates.

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Milwaukee Police Department
10:26 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Duplicate Data Entries Show Some Crime Stats Higher

If you were thinking of moving to a particular neighborhood in Milwaukee, you’d likely want to know a number of things: how is public transportation, say, and are there parks and libraries nearby? But perhaps most important would be the crime rates – what are they and are they going down, or up?

The Milwaukee Police Department maintains a public website for just such searches, but it turns out their data contained many duplicate records – which would obviously skew search results.

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