School Funding

Jun 4, 2010

Over the past week, WUWM has been exploring barriers to achievement in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Today, on the final day of our Project Milwaukee series, we ask the question: is more generous funding the key to producing better grades? As WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl learned, it depends on whom you ask.

It’s often been said that it takes a village to raise a child. While the old African proverb may be a bit cliché, some Milwaukee area businesses have taken it to heart. In the final installment of our Project Milwaukee series about educating Milwaukee’s children, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports on how companies are teaming up with Milwaukee Public Schools to boost student success. It’s just after lunch at Hartford University School on the campus of UW-Milwaukee. The class I’m visiting is Project Lead the Way.

We now continue out Project Milwaukee series, exploring the barriers that confront thousands of Milwaukee Public School students. Today, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson takes us to one of the lowest performing schools in the state: Bay View High School on the city’s south side. She spoke with teachers and other adult leaders there about educating a relatively large number of students who are struggling academically or personally.

MPS Superintendent Andrekopoulos

Jun 3, 2010
Dani Gellings & Cynthia Hoffman

In this Project Milwaukee segment, Bob Bach interviews outgoing MPS superintendent William Andrekopoulos. Their conversation was broadcast live, before a studio audience, as part of our special coverage.

The Obama Administration Weighs in

Jun 3, 2010
Dani Gellings & Cynthia Hoffman

WUWM's Bob Bach hosted Morning Edition before a studio audience, as part of our series, Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS. WUWM's live, remote broadcast took place on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 from 6 am to 11 am on the ground level of the Chase Tower.

In this segment, he speaks over the phone with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Students Praise Their School

Jun 3, 2010
Andy Ambrosius

For nearly a week, we’ve been spelling out challenges that face many students in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Today we present the comments of nearly a dozen freshmen and sophomores who love their school and are doing well. WUWM News Intern Andy Ambrosius visited Audobon High School on South 39th Street. It had been soley a middle school for years, but is now expanding into the upper grades, adding one each year, with an emphasis on technology and communication.

The Challenges of Special Education

Jun 2, 2010

Project Milwaukee is underway this week on WUWM. We’re examining the barriers that block some students in Milwaukee Public Schools from achieving at a higher level. Today, we report on the growing number of MPS children facing learning, behavioral and physical challenges. As Erin Toner reports, the district has been fighting a lawsuit that claims MPS has failed such students, while the district insists it is making progress.

This week on WUWM we're reporting on barriers to achievement in the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Thousands of students have been performing poorly on tests, and hundreds of teens drop out every year. As we’ve been highlighting in our series, children can have trouble learning for a number of reasons. One is that they may be surrounded by disruptive students. Troublemakers can cause distractions, at best. But in this installment of Project Milwaukee, Ann-Elise Henzl reports on one program helping restore order in classrooms.

English as a Barrier

Jun 2, 2010

We’ve presented several stories this morning as part of our Project Milwaukee series, about students in the Milwaukee Public Schools system who have difficulties in class. They can range from physical disabilities to behavioral problems. We were able to meet for a few minutes this week with the busy principal of South Division High School, to talk about students who are not proficient in English, at least not right away. Maurice Turner says as many as 45 percent of the students in his school are not primarily English speakers.

WUWM now continues its Project Milwaukee series, exploring the barriers that hold back some Milwaukee Public School students from achieving at a higher level.

Today we look at the role parents play in their children’s success.

WUWM’s Susan Bence met people who care passionately and have strong opinions about the importance of family in a child’s life.

Poverty and Violence Impact MPS Students

Jun 1, 2010

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.

How MPS Compares with Peers

May 28, 2010

According to a Milwaukee Public Schools summary, the district's students in all grades, collectively, are performing below state standards in reading and math.

In this installment of Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Success in MPS, WUWM’s Marge Pitrof explores where the city stands among its contemporaries.

Grads Give MPS Mixed Grades

May 28, 2010

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.

Erin Toner

In 2009, milk prices dropped so low that dairy farmers lost up to half their income. Some had to slaughter their cows because they couldn’t afford to feed them anymore. Others decided enough was enough, and sold their animals and their land.WUWM’s Erin Toner visits a family near Slinger who made it through last year, but just barely.