Before joining in December, 2013, Paul Brennan wrote for numerous publications from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles (and many places in between), covering a wide range of topics, from skateparks to cloning.

Milwaukee makes it hard to buy its many empty school buildings

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  Education, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan |
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The words “bizarre” and “hilariously tragic” aren’t normally associated with real estate transactions.
But there’s very little normal about the problems private schools and charter schools face when they try to buy one of Milwaukee Public Schools vacant school buildings.
“The whole thing was very, very bizarre,” Henry Tyson said, […]

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Program provides alternative path for putting teachers in Milwaukee classrooms

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Education, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Most people wouldn’t consider working harder for less money to be a good career move.

Jason Brazil is an exception.

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HOPE Christian Schools continue to grow

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan |
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The joyful voices of a student choir filled the new gymnasium of HOPE Christian School Prima’s campus at the beginning of Wednesday’s dedication ceremony for the school’s new expansion.
The song emphasized that the students could go far if they just kept striving.
It was an appropriate selection for the […]

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Report: Wisconsin goes beyond law on private school standards

By   /  December 3, 2014  /  Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Lewis Carroll’s surreal masterpiece “Through the Looking Glass” definitely belongs in Milwaukee schools.
But not as a guide to setting accountability standards for private schools that accept vouchers.
In the book, Humpty Dumpty (the egg with balance problems) tells Alice (in Wonderland again) he doesn’t care if a word doesn’t mean what he thinks it does.
“‘When I use a […]

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Milwaukee charter school wins national family learning grant

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Kia Green was impressed by the large number of parents who came to a special meeting at Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Charter School on a bitterly cold November night.

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Wisconsin lawsuit seeks to help special needs students use open enrollment

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Education Blog  /  No Comments

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P.F.’s parents just want the best possible education for him.
Dissatisfied with their local school district, P.F.’s parent took advantage of Wisconsin’s Open Enrollment Law and applied to enroll him in the Muskego-Norway School District.
P.F. was rejected.
Why? Because P.F. is disabled and even though Muskego-Norway decided to accept 55 students from other districts through open enrollment, […]

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