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Education
1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Superintendent Departs at Critical Time for Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS has seen small gains in achievement under Superintendent Gregory Thornton, but the district still faces great challenges.

After four years on the job, Monday is officially Gregory Thornton’s last day as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New MPS Leader Will Face Dire Financial Outlook

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A new report by the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee details the district’s dire financial picture. Forum President Rob Henken says MPS faces flat revenues, but rising costs.

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Education
1:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

MPS Teacher Reflects on First Year: “It’s a Great Job, but it’s Brutal”

Dan Graves in his second grade classroom at Fratney at the end of the school year.
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

With the end of the school year approaching, Dan Graves is close to completing his first year as a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher.

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Education
1:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

St. Marcus Voucher School Attempts to Purchase Empty MPS Building, Again

St. Marcus School is located in the Brewer's Hill Neighborhood on Milwaukee's north side.
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MPS is deciding whether to sell the unused Lee Elementary School building to St. Marcus Lutheran voucher school.

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Education
1:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

MPS to Boost Art, Music and Physical Education

MPS plans to add another 50 music, art and physical education teachers next year.
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While many urban districts have been forced to axe music and art education, Milwaukee Public Schools continues to enrich those programs.

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Education
1:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Task Force to Begin Tackling Wisconsin's Racial Achievement Gap

A national foundation ranked Wisconsin dead last in educational disparities between white children and black children.
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On Wednesday, a committee of educators will meet in Madison to begin looking for ways to close achievement gaps.

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Education
8:37 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Wisconsin Schools: Test Scores Up, Racial Gaps Persist, Voucher Schools Gain

Statewide, test scores have improved over five years, by 1.8% in math and 1.1% in reading.

According to test scores released by the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin students overall have improved in math and reading.

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Education
10:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

New MPS Teacher Getting into the “Rhythm” of Teaching Second Grade

Dan Graves blends English and Spanish in his second grade classroom
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

With the MPS school year about two-thirds over, we’re checking in again with new La Escuela Fratney teacher Dan Graves.

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Education
4:36 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

MPS Superintendent Thornton Leaving for Job in Baltimore

Superintendent Gregory Thornton has held his MPS post for nearly four years

MPS board member Terry Falk told WUWM's Bob Bach that Gregory Thornton's decision to move is not a great surprise. Falk says he expects a current MPS employee will be tabbed as interim superintendent.

Gregory Thornton, who’s served as superintendent of the state’s largest school district since 2010, is stepping down from his post.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Dover Street School Future: Teacher Housing or Sold to Choice School?

MPS wants to convert the vacant Dover Street School into housing for teachers
Credit Marge Pitrof

The Milwaukee Public Schools district is deciding what to do with another vacant building. MPS no longer uses Dover School in Bay View.

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