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Emily Files

A Milwaukee school named after a president who helped slavery spread is set for a name change. At a meeting Tuesday, a Milwaukee school board committee indicated support for Franklin Pierce Elementary School to become Riverwest Elementary School.

Franklin Pierce was president from 1853-1857 — immediately before James Buchanan, who was followed by Abraham Lincoln. He is usually ranked among the worst presidents in American history. Historians say his failures helped lead to the Civil War.  

Emily Files

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Frank Brogan — who recently made the news with his comments on arming teachers — visited a Milwaukee public school Tuesday. The federal education official was touring the Midwest to highlight innovation in schools.

He recognized Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, an MPS magnet school on the south side, for its anti-bullying efforts. Its anti-bullying initiatives include a program that partners incoming freshmen with older students.

Emily Files

There is a new leader making decisions that affect about 80,000 Milwaukee schoolchildren.

Keith Posley took over as Milwaukee Public Schools’ interim superintendent a few months ago. He wants to turn around low-achieving schools, slash chronic absenteeism and boost enrollment. And he’s not the only one with great expectations. Other Milwaukee education leaders have high hopes for Posley himself.

“This work is all about children for me,” he said in an interview with WUWM.

The Story Behind MPS’ Most Popular Mystery Meat

Jan 19, 2018
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School cafeterias are notorious for dishing up some meals that cause kids to groan, or even pack a bagged lunch, to avoid the day's entree.

But one lunch menu item in Milwaukee Public Schools has been adored for generations – even though it might sound suspect.

What’s the big deal with “mock chicken leg?”

The basics: Mock chicken leg is pork – or in some cases veal, or other meats – ground up, molded to resemble a drumstick, breaded and fried. It looks similar to the original McNugget, only bigger.

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The late Lloyd Barbee is perhaps best known as the lawyer and state legislator who fought to desegregate Milwaukee’s public schools. A new book lays out just how broad Barbee’s fight for justice was.

Beyond education, Barbee pushed for open housing, women’s rights, and decolonization. He would often sign his letters with the quote - “Justice For All.” And that’s the title of the new book, Justice for All: Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee.

The book is edited by his daughter -- another civil rights attorney -- Daphne Barbee-Wooten.

Rachel Morello

A new player enters Milwaukee's booming school choice landscape this fall: St. Augustine Preparatory Academy – Augustine Prep, for short.

Over the next five years, the private voucher school is expected to accommodate up to 1,700 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. That will make it the second-largest private school in Milwaukee’s Parental Choice program.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Many teenagers in Milwaukee are sexually active. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 52 percent of high schoolers in Milwaukee have had intercourse at least once. The national average is 47 percent. 

A program in Milwaukee is urging teens to adopt safe sex practices in case adults have not raised the subject. A big component of the program is hiring young people to pass out condoms to friends and strangers.

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The transgender community has been gaining a lot more visibility recently. Celebrities such as Laverne Cox are starring in series roles, and the original Amazon series Transparent took home several Emmys for its depiction of an older father coming out as transgender.

However, transgender youth have not been in the media spotlight. This is true in Wisconsin school districts as well. There currently are no numbers for how many transgender students are in the state because there is no official way of collecting this data.

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School lunches take a lot of heat from all sides, especially the lunches that students buy at school. Kids complain about the taste, and nutrition advocates complain that they’re often not healthy enough.

But what about the lunches kids bring from home? Often in the shuffle of getting ready in the morning, nutrition gives way to expediency -  to the point that some schools have sent home notes with children, admonishing parents to pack them a healthier lunch.

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How well do you know your U.S. history? What if you had to correctly answer dozens questions about government and the founding fathers in order to move on in life?

That’s what a Wisconsin lawmaker wants high school seniors to do in order to graduate – pass the same civics test new U.S. citizens take. The bill is scheduled for a public hearing in Madison Wednesday.

Erin Toner

Milwaukee Public Schools says it has a plan to turn around Bradley Tech. 

The south side high school opened more than a century ago as the first public school to teach the trades.  Over the decades, it churned out graduates prepared for jobs with local industry, and in 2002, donors helped build a new state-of-the-art building.

But last year, Bradley Tech ranked last among MPS high schools on measures including academic performance and college readiness. The school also struggles with behavioral problems and absenteeism.

S Bence

As a high school freshman, Cole Compton introduced his Green Earth Terrariums at Milwaukee's 2014 Sustainability Summit. This year, he was a presenter.

S Bence

Organizers of the annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of climate change and the need of sustainable innovation. Now in its 12th year, two educators are trying to draw high school students more deeply into the conversation. 

“Growing Up Green” sprouted from their collaboration and will pilot Thursday during the summit. 

The track features two breakout sessions: Building Sustainable Communities and Rethinking Educational Settings.

Racine police were summoned to a parking lot across from Horlick H.S. around 10 o'clock Friday morning, after reports of a fight and at least one shot fired.

S Bence

To describe June Eastvold as a spunky octogenarian and retired Evangelical Lutheran Church campus pastor only skims the surface of the woman.

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