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Vital Signs
2:14 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Floods Worsen Housing Crisis for Some

Marie Irby stands next to her favorite flowers.
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

Last month's floods made life more desperate for people with limited means. That's according to the latest Vital Signs report the Greater Milwaukee Foundation released Monday. It gauges the level of economic need in the four-county area. WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl visited an older Milwaukee woman who can no longer live in her home, to find out how she's coping.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Raving About Ravinia

Contributor Amy Kiley takes a look at the three-month Ravinia concert series… held an hour south of Milwaukee, in Highland Park, Illinois. Kiley is a freelance journalist and musician who lives in the Chicago suburbs.

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Regional
2:27 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Banding Peregrine Falcon Chicks

Peregrine chicks from the Malteurop nest
Ann-Elise Henzl

When you think of urban birds, images of sparrows or seagulls might come to mind. But there are 30 pairs of nesting peregrine falcons in Wisconsin, many right in the city. At one point the sleek birds of prey were wiped out, probably because of the pesticide DDT. Peregrines are still endangered. But they're doing pretty well these days, according to researchers who monitor them. Ann-Elise Henzl tagged along as a falcon expert checked on chicks born just a few weeks ago.

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Project Milwaukee
9:01 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Teacher Round-table

We conclude our Project Milwaukee series on MPS with an all-teacher show, including a round-table discussion with teachers from the Educators' Network for Social Justice.

Our MPS teacher round-table featured members of the Educators' Network for Social Justice, who talked about their experiences working in the district and the challenges they face.

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Project Milwaukee
8:58 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Teacher Mentor

We learn about a program within MPS to mentor teachers during the earliest and often most challenging years of their career. Amy Mizialko is a district mentor with Milwaukee Public Schools. She’s also a former teacher – she’s been with MPS for 18 years. Mitch Teich spoke with her for our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.

Project Milwaukee
8:56 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Special Ed Teacher

We hear the perspective of one woman who is fairly new to teaching, but not to the education world. Nancy Wisniewski is a special education resource teacher at Milwaukee German Immersion and Milwaukee French Immersion schools. She was interviewed in the basement of her house, by her daughter, our intern, Kirsten Wisniewski. Their conversation is part of our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.

Project Milwaukee
8:54 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Teacher/Blogger

MPS teacher and blogger Jay Bullock believes it's important for teachers to speak up in the broader conversation about education reform. Bullock is an English teacher at Bay View High School. He has been blogging at "folkbum's rambles and rants" on politics, music and education for seven years. Bullock is also the education columnist for the Bay View Compass. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our “Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS” series.

Project Milwaukee
8:52 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Don't Forget the Subs

Carolyn Bucior says substitute teachers are often a forgotten part of the education equation. Bucior is a freelance writer in Milwaukee. She’s currently working on a memoir about substitute teaching. You also can read her essay on the subject that ran in the New York Times in January and listen to all of our Project Milwaukee interviews and WUWM feature stories from the past week.

Project Milwaukee
8:49 am
Fri June 4, 2010

School Funding

Children listen to a book being read at La Escuela Fratney.

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.

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Project Milwaukee
8:46 am
Fri June 4, 2010

Business Plays Role in Success or Failure of MPS

Lorenzo Ramirez interacts with Project Lead the Way classmates at Hartford Avenue University.

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.

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