Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Wednesday afternoon, MPS announced that Bradley Tech High School received a $250,000 gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, to go toward expanding the school’s welding lab. The $250,000 gift will add four welding stations to the Bradley Tech lab, which was formally named the Bucyrus Foundation Welding Lab [...]

We have time; let’s get school accountability right

We have time; let’s get school accountability right

With the Wisconsin State Assembly’s passage of SB286, a moderate “school accountability” bill that mostly just requires voucher schools to be part of the school report card system, efforts to impose a stricter, full-of-punishments accountability bill are over for this session. The first six months of next year will be budget time, meaning we have [...]

The halls are alive with the art of students

The halls are alive with the art of students

The one thing that makes a closed school building look lifeless and truly dead is the lack of student artwork on the walls. For me, other than the people, the thing that’s most interesting in any school is the student artwork on display. If you’ve ever welcomed me into your school and wondered if I’m [...]

Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts

Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently commended several schools from across the nation, including two right here in Milwaukee, for their efforts in hosting high school foreign exchange students.  MPS’ Rufus King High School and Wauwatosa West High School both received nods from Secretary Kerry for their roles in hosting exchange students and, in [...]

Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher’s Day

Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher’s Day

Think your teacher is the best? Mayfair is currently seeking nominations for top teachers in the area for a part of its Celebrate Teachers! program.  Teachers can be nominated on Mayfair Mall’s


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Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Bradley Tech receives $250,000 gift for welding lab expansion

Wednesday afternoon, MPS announced that Bradley Tech High School received a $250,000 gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, to go toward expanding the school’s welding lab. The $250,000 gift will add four welding stations to the Bradley Tech lab, which was formally named the Bucyrus Foundation Welding Lab [...]

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We have time; let’s get school accountability right

We have time; let’s get school accountability right

With the Wisconsin State Assembly’s passage of SB286, a moderate “school accountability” bill that mostly just requires voucher schools to be part of the school report card system, efforts to impose a stricter, full-of-punishments accountability bill are over for this session. The first six months of next year will be budget time, meaning we have [...]

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The halls are alive with the art of students

The halls are alive with the art of students

The one thing that makes a closed school building look lifeless and truly dead is the lack of student artwork on the walls. For me, other than the people, the thing that’s most interesting in any school is the student artwork on display. If you’ve ever welcomed me into your school and wondered if I’m [...]

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Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts

Secretary Kerry recognizes two local schools for exchange program efforts

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently commended several schools from across the nation, including two right here in Milwaukee, for their efforts in hosting high school foreign exchange students.  MPS’ Rufus King High School and Wauwatosa West High School both received nods from Secretary Kerry for their roles in hosting exchange students and, in [...]

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Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher’s Day

Mayfair to honor a special teacher for National Teacher’s Day

Think your teacher is the best? Mayfair is currently seeking nominations for top teachers in the area for a part of its Celebrate Teachers! program.  Teachers can be nominated on Mayfair Mall’s

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MPS: Let the search begin

MPS: Let the search begin

On Tuesday, the

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Teacher appreciation day or skirting collective bargaining?

Teacher appreciation day or skirting collective bargaining?

On Monday, Milwaukee Public Schools teachers and school psychologists received a letter from outgoing Superintendent Gregory Thornton notifying them that their March 28 paycheck would include a 1 percent bonus. In a note that began with breezy weather chit chat, Thornton said, “I want to stop and take a moment to thank you for all [...]

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Strong, consistent leadership needed at top – and in the middle – at MPS

Strong, consistent leadership needed at top – and in the middle – at MPS

It’s old news now that Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton is stepping down to take the helm of the public schools in Baltimore. His four-year tenure here sure seemed brief, but according to those who know, that’s about average for leaders of big urban districts. Finding and keeping good leadership at the top [...]

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Kids will run for literacy

Kids will run for literacy

SHARP Literacy Inc. and Summerfest Foundation announced today that the first “Kids Run to Read” fun run will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at Henry Maier Festival Park. The event is part of the fourth annual Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run.  Up to 250 children ages 6 to 12 are invited [...]

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Please don’t mock the chicken leg – an "education" summit, part 1

Please don’t mock the chicken leg – an "education" summit, part 1

United by a passion for – OK, a curiosity about – mock chicken leg, MPS’

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They’re coming by the busload to see our public Montessori schools

They’re coming by the busload to see our public Montessori schools

Surely, you’ve heard me say it before. Milwaukee Public Schools’ family of public Montessori schools is unrivaled in the United States. No other city can boast seven traditional public Montessori schools plus one district charter Montessori program. Among MPS’ group of eight schools there is a rare Montessori high school program (at MacDowell), a groundbreaking [...]

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Is re-centralization helping school budgets?

Is re-centralization helping school budgets?

One of the legacies of outgoing MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton will be the re-centralization of many items previously included in individual school budgets (aka “board budgets”). Over the past few years, the district has removed some items from school budgets and gone back to funding them centrally. Things like long-term disability and maternity leaves are [...]

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MPS superintendent steps down

MPS superintendent steps down

Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton announced this afternoon that he is leaving his position. Thornton held the job since 2010, when he replaced former superintendent William Andrekopoulos. Thornton will become the chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public Schools. Many sources predicted the possibility of this, including OnMilwaukee.com. During his career, Thornton – who [...]

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First Stage committed to educational opportunity

First Stage committed to educational opportunity

There is a glory to the world of theater, with a live audience and a story well-told on a stage shining with light and inhabited by actors who can reach into your soul. It’s a rare and unique experience, and once you see a great live play, you will never be able to forget it. [...]

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Former McKinley School faces demolition

Former McKinley School faces demolition

I have a special affinity for the old McKinley School, 2001 W. Vliet St., which has been owned by V.E. Carter Development, and according to the city’s website, still is. The group ran a day care and, I think, a school in the building, but something appears to have changed. (There are no listings for [...]

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