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Milwaukee Succeeds Education Town Hall July 30th
Whether you are a parent, parent coordinator, educator, or community organization member, please help us reach out to fellow parents and community members for this upcoming Town Hall Meeting.
Milwaukee Succeeds recently released our milestone report that provides baseline data on a variety of measures across the cradle to career continuum.
Some important information you need to know:
• Only 55% of our two year olds have all of their recommended immunizations
• Fewer than 9% of children enrolled in “Wisconsin Shares” are in centers that are considered 4 or 5 star on the state’s rating system
• 85% of 3rd and 8th graders across all education sectors are not considered proficient in reading
• Only 13% of Milwaukee students who took the ACT are considered college ready in at least 3 of 4 subjects.
Improving these alarming outcomes requires community wide awareness and a shared willingness and commitment to improve.
Milwaukee Succeeds is hosting a Town Hall Meeting to inform parents, community members, educators, and other stakeholders, from business owners to congregation members, of the importance of these issues and what they can personally do to help address them.
For further information please contact:
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
School board members showing their true colors and hidden agendas….and you baby ain’t one of them!
Save MPS, Save our Inner City Schools!
Say No to Resolution 1314R This Thursday 6:30 PM @ Central Offices WE NEED YOU!!
I warned people with the last school board election that major changes would produce rotten fruit for MPS and now that sadly is coming true. HOWEVER we have a chance to try and change things THURSDAY NIGHT 6:30 at Central Offices located on 5225 W. Vliet in the Donald J. O’Connell Memorial Auditorium. We need to support our vision, to invest in central city schooling and curriculum rebuilding. Now is the time we need to defend MPS!! It is not Choice nor Governor Walker, or Republicans we must fight. The enemy is revealing themselves. The enemy comes from within the system itself.
Firstly Dr. Michael Bonds has been working closely with Dr. Gregory Thornton and the district to reinstill necessary curriculum and programs. Some of these things include Driver’s Ed, Physical Education, Job Training & Placement, and the Fine Arts. They also have been fighting for grants and funding for critical programs that teach our kids to resolve matters using peaceful techniques instead of guns and violence. You know the things they enjoy in the outer regions of the district and out in the suburbs. Things we do not have any more in the central city. These things are critical to help our kids to meet national Core Curriculum expectations and expand essential Multiple Intelligences. These things were ripped out of our inner city schools. If you notice the loss of these programs coincide with the increase in violence and discipline problems in our schools and the decrease in educational achievement. Take away necessary disciplines and you leave a district in peril. Hence current day MPS.
Certain board members with clear agendas that certainly are not children first, want to take your $43 million surplus and keep it out of the classroom. They want to give it to consultant pals, conduct “testing” and do nontransparent/union directed, politically motivated things. The answer is clear. Choice knows it, education reformers know it, teachers and MPS know it. Give it back to the teachers and classrooms where it is desperately needed!
Whatever your personal thoughts about Thornton and Bonds we can agree they have done much more for our inner city than any other two Superintendent/Board President combo then I have ever seen. We are hard pressed to find a more committed pair of brothers who know and understand that lives are on the line in Milwaukee. They are not perfect but they are better than what is out there waiting to come in!!
To be clear, Board member Larry Miller (District 5) and Board Vice President Meagan Holman want to see the $43 Million surplus given to fund things outside our classrooms. Annie Woodward, who is supposed to be on our side, is in full agreement with the enemy. Today she called into WNOV’s “The Forum.” Sherwin Hughes took her to task, what did she expect? Why is she on the board? At this point should we question the status of her mental health? She sounded real confused and didn’t seem to have her facts straight. She clearly does not know what is going on in Milwaukee Public Schools. $43 million is not a “small item” or a “distraction” Ms. Woodward. Unless you know something we don’t. Maybe she has friends in the IRS. That is a big ticket item to me and I think most teachers and administrators would happily accept the gift!
Here you will find a link provided courtesy of Sherwin Hughes 860 AM WNOV’s “The Forum.” It is from the School Board Meeting May 30, 2013. Here Bonds clearly fights the battle to keep his presidency his alone. He was elected by a clear majority. Now he is left to fight lies, deceit, and hidden agendas exposed by certain members of the board. Why must everything, including our precious children be politics as usual in Milwaukee?
Roll to mark 32:00 (The battle is towards the end of the meeting)
If you fight against Choice, and Governor Walker, than I expect to see you tomorrow night just as loud and angry.
This is more Milwaukee BAMBOOZLING that goes to show if you can’t win change the game. Can I count on you to help our kids? Let’s help Dr. Thornton and Dr. Bonds save our babies. Save MPS, SAY NO TO RESOLUTION 1314R-001. We need the $43 million back in the schools not back in the hands of the “have’s!”
To Call Board Members and let them know how you feel:
Please check in if you call and let us know what they say in the comments box below!!
Dr. Michael Bonds 520-3890
Larry Miller 414-469-9319
Meagan Holman 414-475-8284
Annie Woodward (414) 510-9079
http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/governance/ or call 414-475-8284
The Resolution can be found here:
Wonder Woman is a community activist and blogger and Chair of The Umoja Project, a Black Conservative Movement in Wisconsin.
She is a proud member of the JustUs League!
She has her own blog site at http://www/wonder2woman.blogspot.com
She also contributes to The Milwaukee Drum, the Black Convo Network, Insane Asylum Blog, and Black Bloggers Connect.
As you can see each member’s area tells you how “vested” they are in the district, specifically the inner city.
MPS board committee approves some constraints on president (Journal Sentinel Story)
By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel
And by the way, where is our M.I.A. Mayor who once had so much to say about MPS and its dealings????
We Are the Drum Encore Show May 4th
CAPITA presents We Are The Drum at Lincoln Center of the Arts May 4th @ 7 pm
ONLY if the Community helps demand an encore….
As you know Community Theater is not cheap and We are the Drum is a production presented by the people for the people with a cast populated by a majority of Milwaukee Public School students. In these days where our kids, all of them are under attack “We are the Drum” presents Broadway-like theater at Milwaukee-like theater prices. You can’t beat that.
As a community we need to represent the production’s theme because it falls in April/May this year. This is also the annual celebration of the over 200 days of the Fair Housing marches that showed Milwaukee and the country what one small community can do if it stuck together. WE CREATED HISTORY AROUND THE WORLD!! We must honor our past and remember and teach our youth and those who have forgotten what Black Milwaukee did to change the course of history. See Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency by Patrick D Jones, if this is foreign to you.
There is much to celebrate and to cheer at this year’s Drum and I hope to see you May 4th!! Celebrate our youth and help life them up. Too many times we focus our attention on the negative when we should also focus on the great and amazing right in front of us.
For community leaders this is a great chance to remember and sankofa. This one singular event can also inspire yours. Imagine 200 days of marching leading to a national revolution.
Please visit capitaproductions.org for more details. They have a FaceBook page and they are asking us to contact Dr. Gregory Thornton to help get the encore underway.
We Are The Drum will be shown (because I know you won’t let the kids down) May 4th at 7 pm at Lincoln Center of the Arts, 820 E. Knapp Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. You can contact Dr. Thornton at 414-475-8393 or visit his page at http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/dept/superintendent.
Although the following letter is for MPS families, there are many great ideas for all of the community to keep busy during Spring Break. Remember MPS and all schools for that matter can only do so much. Sitting at home does not help MPS or any school educate your children. Let’s partner up and get parenting during Spring Break!
Yes I know it is not always easy. We don’t all have vacation time and we must work. There are plenty of online classrooms and printable activities that you can access to help your kids stay sharp. One last thing we must do, let’s read with and to our kids! It truly is the key to their freedom and future.
It is truly that Dr. Thornton is proactive about our kid’s education. Let’s help him help our babies!
Dear MPS families,
Happy Spring! I hope you’re enjoying what we all hope is the beginning of warmer weather and you’re enjoying spring break!
It’s a long time from winter break to spring break. I certainly am looking forward to a few days off and spending time with my granddaughter. But I also know those days off with her can get pretty long if we don’t have some activities planned. Here are a few free or low-cost activities you might consider doing with your children during the break.
• Mondays are free admission days at the Milwaukee Public Museum. There is a separate fee for the Real Pirates exhibits, planetarium and IMAX Theater. Make sure to bring a photo ID for free admission.
• Mequon Nature Preserve offers miles of trails and a cool observation tower that lets you see for miles! You can also visit and hike the paths at any of our Milwaukee County Parks
• It’s never too early to think about college! Take a walking tour of one of our many fine local colleges or universities. Call the admissions office for a guided tour
• First Thursdays are free at the Milwaukee Art Museum, so plan a visit on April 4. The Kohl’s Education Center inside the museum offers fun opportunities and activities for preschoolers, grade-schoolers, teens and families
• Visit any Milwaukee Public Library to check out a book or movie. Check out the library’s calendar of events for cool things happening during the break (http://content.mpl.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp)
• Saturday, April 6 is a free admission day at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Parking fees still apply, but you can park on a nearby street for free!
Wow! There’s a lot to do in Milwaukee. So lace up your tennis shoes and plan to stay busy! I wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday. I’m looking forward to seeing our traditional and IB students on April 8 and our year-round students on April 15.
Gregory E. Thornton, Ed.D.