Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS

Across the U.S., school systems face many unique challenges. The Milwaukee Public Schools district is confronted with high drop-out rates, large achievement gaps between races and other serious issues. Of the 80,000 young people MPS educates each year, thousands of these students have learning or behavioral problems.

Many children lack a secure home environment and/or don't have role models who rank education as a priority. WUWM News examined reasons for poor performance within MPS and what is being done to improve students' chances for success. Lake Effect examined the crucial role teachers play in student performance and the unique challenges they face in MPS.

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Project Milwaukee
5:00 pm
Mon May 31, 2010

Saving Students from a Shattered System

Former MPS teacher Eldon “Cap” Lee says the key to education reform lies in rethinking the purpose of education. Lee is the co-author of Saving Students from a Shattered System: Igniting the Passion for Learning, with Mary Gale Budzisz, published by Rowman and Littlefield Education. He is also a former MPS teacher and later an administrator. He helped start the Milwaukee Village School, which closed in October 2005. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
4:57 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

Project Milwaukee Begins, Looks at Challenges in MPS

We begin our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series with a brief look at the state of our schools. Ann-Elise Henzl is the executive producer of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series and a reporter for the WUWM new room. Stephanie Lecci is Lake Effect’s coordinating producer.

Project Milwaukee
4:55 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

Education Policy vs. Education Practice

Education policy analyst Barbara Bales gives us an overview of where educational policy intersects with classroom practice. Bales is an assistant professor at the UWM School of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is also a former middle-level teacher. Her research focuses on teacher education, teacher preparation, and the tug-of-war between local, state and national education policy. She spoke with Stephanie Lecci for our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
4:52 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

The Impact of Teacher Turnover

Rethinking Schools’ Bob Peterson explains how high teacher turnover in MPS affects students. Peterson teaches 5th grade at La Escuela Fratney – or Fratney School - a Milwaukee Public School. He is a founding editor of the quarterly journal Rethinking Schools, which has compiled a special online collection of 17 articles focused on teacher turnover and retention in schools. Peterson first spoke with Stephanie Lecci in February . Bob Peterson will be a guest on our live Lake Effect panel on June 3rd as part of our Project Milwaukee series on MPS.

Project Milwaukee
4:46 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

How MPS Compares with Peers

Sr. Read says MPS, Milwaukee must be persistent in making sure students achieve.

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.

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Project Milwaukee
4:42 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

Grads Give MPS Mixed Grades

Vincent H.S. grad Robert Maniece is taking engineering classes at MATC.

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.

Project Milwaukee
4:39 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Project Milwaukee Series Preview

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.

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