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By Srijan Sen
Five seats on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors were up for general election on April 7, 2015. Last night, challenger Wendell Harris Sr., 66, defeated incumbent Jeff Spence, 54, by a significant margin. The two contenders last met eight years ago, but Spence has been has been on the School Board since 1999.
Retired after 30 years at A.O. Smith where he held various positions including crane operator, Mr. Harris has been active member of the NAACP since.
His top priority is to maintain local control of Milwaukee Public …
By Eelisa Jones
Public education is today’s civil rights movement, national best-selling author and education activist Diane Ravitch told a crowd of over 200 in MATC’s Cooley Theater last week Wednesday.
Standing outside of the auditorium, yellow information cards in hand, stood Wendell Harris – Milwaukee youth advocate, community leader, and 2015 MPS school board candidate for District 2.
District 2 is home to 18 public schools in Milwaukee’s Northwest neighborhood.
Among these schools are Engleburg, Emerson, Morse Marshall, and Ninety- Fifth. Harris’ presence at Wednesday’s event was in step with the content of …
Education, News, Upcoming Events »
MILWAUKEE (March, 2015) – With proposed legislation under discussion to bring to Milwaukee some of the education reform efforts that affected New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors has invited three experts who lived through and studied the reforms there to speak in Milwaukee.
The three experts will present free public workshops and participate in a free public panel discussion to share with the Milwaukee community their experiences in New Orleans and how similar ideas for Wisconsin could impact classrooms and neighborhoods here.
Among the experiences and research …
Last week for MPS’ ‘Three-Choice Enrollment’ period, which ends Feb. 20
MILWAUKEE (February 2015) – Milwaukee Public Schools is encouraging families who are new to MPS or looking for a new school for the fall to enroll by Friday night to take advantage of the best opportunity for a seat at their first-choice school.
February 20 is the last day of MPS’ ‘Three-Choice Enrollment’ period, which allows families to choose three schools for the fall.
School options include strong neighborhood schools that prepare students to succeed in college and careers as well as …
One of only two Gold-designated school districts in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE (January 2015) – Milwaukee Public Schools’ employee wellness program earned a Gold designation from the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Wellness Program.
MPS is one of only two school districts in Wisconsin to earn the recognition.
The heart association’s Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.
“We are very proud of this designation,” said Tara Witt, MPS employee wellness coordinator. “It’s proof that the employee wellness …
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By Eelisa Jones
Milwaukee Public School’s Three Choice Process enrollment will begin next month.
Parents and guardians will be able to submit their top three school choices for their children at school locations or online (for selected sites) from Feb. 2nd through Feb. 20th.
Milwaukee Public School (MPS) officials announced that parents and guardians have the best chance of enrolling their children in their first-choice schools if their applications are submitted by deadline. Online applications are available at mpsmke.com/enrollmps.
In addition to the traditional public school, many parents and guardians will have the option …
Efforts allow for more resources to be directed to classrooms and students
MILWAUKEE — Decisions by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors to make changes to benefits and other changes have reduced the district’s long-term liability for other post-employment benefits (OPEB) significantly, according to a report presented during the Board’s November meeting.
Since 2007, the OPEB liability has been reduced by a remarkable seventy percent (70%).
“The McKinsey Report, an independent study commissioned by the Governor and Mayor in 2009, highlighted benefit costs to retirees as a significant financial challenge for MPS,” said …
More than 3,500 MPS high school students were be able to meet representatives from dozens of colleges, universities, higher educational resources, apprenticeship programs and career opportunities on Tuesday as Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and district partners host the 8th Annual Fresh Coast Classic College and Resource Fair.
Sponsors of the event include the Mandel Group, Molina Healthcare, MPS, the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Running Rebels and the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM).
“Milwaukee Public Schools and our partners are committed to preparing students for success in college and careers,” MPS Superintendent Dr. …
Funds will strengthen academic, behavioral and mental health supports for students
MILWAUKEE – Students in Milwaukee Public Schools will receive greater academic, behavioral and mental health supports thanks to the district’s successful efforts to help bring in $9.1 million in competitive grants, the district announced this month.
“These grants support and complement the important work taking place in schools every day to prepare students for college and careers and to ensure a strong safety net is in place for our students,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said.
The grants MPS students will benefit …
By Karen Stokes
Dr. Darienne Driver 36, is the first woman and one of the youngest individuals to be named Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS).
Driver is the fourth African American superintendent of MPS. She is following Dr. Gregory Thornton who resigned as Superintendent in June to take the position of CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools.
She has been working as interim Superintendent since June, but Dr. Darienne Driver began her position as official Superintendent on October 1.
Driver received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
She received a master’s …