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.

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

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.

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.

Ann-Elise Henzl

MPS has hundreds of new teachers this year, because so many veterans retired in spring.

School Desks

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.

Iconic Milwaukee Sports Stadium Closing

Oct 18, 2013
Mike Wenzel

Milwaukee's South Stadium near 9th and Lincoln will close at the conclusion of two games that will be played there this afternoon and tonight.


People had plenty to say Wednesday about a bill requiring Milwaukee Public Schools to sell vacant buildings to other educators.

The Milwaukee School Board has voted to sell a former middle school on the city's north side to a developer, not to an interested private school.

Milwaukee Public Schools has grown by about 40 students over last year, following nearly a decade of declining enrollment.

Michelle Maternowski

The state may pressure Milwaukee Public Schools to sell vacant buildings to other educational entities.

The former Dover Street School on the south side of Milwaukee could be redeveloped into apartments for teachers and other young professionals. MPS will hold a community meeting Wednesday to discuss the idea.

School Board member Meagan Holman says ideas floated in the past for Dover have not gained traction, including as an arts center or charter school. But Holman says people seem excited about the possibility of apartments.

Milken Educator Awards

Sarah Berndt, a Spanish and technology teacher at Milwaukee's Reagan College Preparatory High School, has received a Milken Educator Award.

Plan from GOP Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Joe Sanfelippo would make Milwaukee Public Schools sell vacant buildings to other 'education operators.'

Riverside University High School this week became one of the last high schools in MPS to get metal detectors.

Quite a few students have mounted a protest. They’ve collected more than 1,000 signatures of fellow classmates who don’t want metal detectors in their school.

"We are not criminals, we are scholars," Riverside's senior class president Yeng Meng Xiong says.