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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

State education chief and gubernatorial hopeful Tony Evers wants to put an additional $1.4 billion into public education over the next two years. The proposal is part of the Department of Public Instruction’s request for the 2019-2021 state budget.

Evers, a Democrat, heads the agency as state superintendent. The spending plan comes in the middle of a tight race between Evers and incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican.

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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.

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The ACLU of Wisconsin is putting pressure on the Kenosha Unified School District to protect its students from what some are calling "discriminatory" dress code enforcement. Last year, Kenosha-area teens and parents spoke out against the district’s dress code policy, saying it was discriminatory toward female students.

Alexa Grosz was one of the students who testified at an October school board meeting. She said she was punished for wearing an off-the-shoulder sweater.

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Wisconsin’s candidates for governor touted their education priorities at back-to-school events this week. They're also continuing to criticize each other.

Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign released its first attack ad against Democrat challenger Tony Evers. It claims that as state superintendent, Evers failed to protect children from a teacher who viewed pornography at work.

The story is one of the main lines of attack Republicans backing Walker are using against Evers.

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.

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In the aftermath of mass shootings across the country, Wisconsin schools are getting $100 million in state grants to keep students safe. The funding comes from the State Department of Justice’s new Office of School Safety.

DOJ recently announced that about half of the funding will go toward mental health-related efforts.

Rachel Morello

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) face fierce competition for students from private voucher schools, suburban schools and of course, charter schools. The question of whether MPS should expand its own portfolio of charter schools can be controversial. 

On the other side, charter schools that contract with MPS sometimes disagree with the way the district allocates money.  

Emily Files

Milwaukee Public Schools middle and high schoolers, along with some younger students, began their school year Monday. With the new school year comes a new interim superintendent, and Keith Posley has ambitious plans for the district.

Monday morning, students were welcomed with fanfare to Audubon Technology and Communication Center on the southwest side. Students filed down a red carpet while the drumline played. Some exchanged high-fives with Posley, teachers, and school board members, while others stared intently at their phones.

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Governor Scott Walker has started another conversation about a potential shake-up of Milwaukee Public Schools. There's been three proposed MPS "takeovers" over the last 20 years.

During an interview on Channel 12's UpFront with Mike Gousha, Walker was asked about the MPS's challenges, such as budget constraints and teachers’ dissatisfaction. The governor replied that it may be necessary to split up the district or take other significant measures.

What Does Montessori Education Look Like in Wisconsin?

Feb 26, 2018
Rachel Morello

Many educators throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin have embraced the Montessori learning method. Not exactly sure what makes a Montessori school different? You aren't alone.

Working your way down the list of schools within MPS, you’ll see a variety: lots of what most people refer to as “traditional” public schools, some charters, language immersion, gifted & talented…and a handful of Montessori programs.

Passing Notes: 'I Was Told There Would Be No Math'

Feb 23, 2018
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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello flips through her notes to bring us the scoop on news out of area classrooms. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her quiz!

Over the past two weeks, both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature have passed a bill that could impact the way public schools are funded. What does that bill call for?

Along with grades and debt, food is something many college students worry about.

It’s a story we brought you last year, when national data named Wisconsin as one of the states where college kids struggled most with food insecurity.

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February marks “Library Lovers” month -- book nerds everywhere, rejoice!

Scratch that – because it isn’t just readers who benefit from the services public libraries provide.

Even in our current digital age, library use is up around the country – thanks to programming that’s evolved to meet the needs of all different kinds of community members….particularly, students.

College is expensive. It’s elitist. Enrollments are shrinking, along with state budgets for higher education.

These are just a few of the arguments against college these days. Added together, they beg the question: does the U.S. need public universities?

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