There’s been no shortage of stories about dismal test scores in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. We’ve heard less about how it performs in helping students and families address personal and social problems. No other district in the state uses as many resources as MPS to address the non-academic needs of its students. Those needs are the subject of today’s installment of our series, Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS.
We tip off our Project Milwaukee series focusing on issues that prevent some Milwaukee Public Schools students from succeeding, by asking WUWM News Intern Andy Ambrosius to gather recollections of former MPS students. He headed to the downtown Milwaukee MATC campus where he found several graduates who’ve moved on to the next phase of their lives. Their memories of MPS are mixed.
Graduation is just around the corner for many high school students. But in the Milwaukee Public Schools system, a startling number of children drop out before they reach twelfth grade. Many who stay in school perform below national standards. On Friday, WUWM's news reporters and Lake Effect producers will begin a series, which explores challenges in the urban education system. Ann-Elise Henzl is executive producer of Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS. She joined Bob Bach in the studio for an overview of the series.