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Kooyenga: Breakup of Milwaukee Public Schools on the table

By   /  June 30, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER: Milwaukee Public Schools is costing taxpayers million by blocking choice schools from buying empty buildings.

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga is ready to consider drastic measures to reform Milwaukee Public Schools after the resignation of Opportunity Schools Partnership Program Commissioner Demond Means. “We’ll go back to the drawing board. We’ll see if we can improve on the current plan or something different altogether,” Kooyenga said in an interview. “That could include […]

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D.C. families willing to travel farther for charter schools

By   /  June 30, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Education, News  /  No Comments

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In most Washington, D.C., neighborhoods, students typically do not have to travel far to attend a charter school. But a new study shows they will if they have to. A new report released by the D.C. Public Charter School Board found that students traveled 2.1 miles on average to attend charter schools in the 2015-16 […]

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Demond Means resigns as OSPP commissioner

By   /  June 29, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“We would hope that he (Chris Abele) learned a lesson: That if you’re going to cozy up to the Milwaukee Public Schools, nothing is going to happen.”

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WILL slams lack of progress for Opportunity Schools Partnership Program

By   /  June 29, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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WILL also criticized the lack of transparency by MPS and Means for closed-door negotiations regarding a possible compromise on the OSPP, and MPS’ unresponsiveness to an open records request by WILL.

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Los Angeles schools consider opening college savings accounts for all students

By   /  June 29, 2016  /  California, Education, News  /  No Comments

MONEY MATTERS: While the University of Kansas brought in more than $156 million in donations last year, only 1.5 percent –  about $1.8 million –  did not have any restrictions.

“Unless LAUSD does a better job of preparing its students for college, how meaningful is a college savings account for badly prepared students?” Izumi asked.

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Madison teachers to pay a bit for health insurance premiums

By   /  June 28, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Metropolitan School District voted Monday night to require teachers and other staff members to contribute to their health care premiums to offset a 2.7 percent increase in insurance costs for the school district. Teachers will be contributing 3 percent of their premium costs to help cover the $1.6 million gap. Other staff […]

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