Milwaukee Public Schools

6:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Items on Milwaukee Teachers Union Wish List for 2014 MPS Budget

Many MPS librarians work at multiple schools. The MTEA would like to see at least a half-time librarian in every building.
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The union is pleased the proposed budget for Milwaukee Public Schools adds art, music and physical education teachers but says students deserve more.

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11:49 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Two Milwaukee Educators Win Award for Promoting and Teaching Music

We talk with two people honored for their contribution to arts education today.  John Waite is the director of instrumental music at Hamilton High School in Sussex and the winner of the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s 2014 Music Teacher of the Year Award.

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1:46 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

What Do Milwaukee Public Schools Need in a New Superintendent?

What do Milwaukee Public Schools' students need from their new superintendent?
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews education analysts Paul Hill and Michael Casserly.

The time of transition continues in Milwaukee Public Schools.  The state’s largest school district is looking for a new superintendent after the announcement earlier this year that Gregory Thornton is leaving to run the public school system in Baltimore.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Committee OKs MPS Plan to Turn Malcolm X School Building into Mixed Use Property

MPS has moved a step closer to selling its vacant Malcolm X school building to a developer. A Common Council committee gave the nod Wednesday.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

State may Force MPS to Sell Vacant School Buildings to Other Educators

Some legislators say Milwaukee should give other educational entities four years to purchase vacant MPS buildings.
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The state may pressure Milwaukee Public Schools to sell vacant buildings to other educational entities.

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12:31 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

MPS and Teachers Collaborate on Handbook to Replace Contract

Staff handbook will be MPS employee guide, starting in July

Milwaukee Public Schools and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association released a joint statement Friday, announcing passage of a handbook for MPS employees.

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Economy & Business
3:19 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

What Else Could Milwaukee Do With Its Vacant School Buildings?

The Sherman Park Senior Living Community building was once an MPS middle school.
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Sherman Park Senior Living Community celebrated its grand opening this week.

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7:16 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Making Student-to-Student Connections Could Reduce School Violence

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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews organizers of an upcoming conference exploring restorative justice practices in schools.

How can restorative justice practices used by countries after periods of disruption help reduce bad behavior in our schools?

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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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