GED challenges both students and teachers

Keisha Gathright (left), Manuel Saldivar (center) and Becky Zingsheim (right) prepare for the GED in a class at UMOS. (Photo by Molly Rippinger)

After the first year of administering the reconstructed GED, Milwaukee educators and students are changing their approach in order to pass the exam.

Refugee group to visit state capital to discuss college aid reform

Citizenship students in the Older Refugee Program at Neighborhood House, with instructor Crystal Custalow, right. (Photo courtesy of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee)

A delegation of refugee students from the International Learning Center will visit with state legislators in Madison on Feb. 10 to discuss reforms to a college aid program for minority students.

MPS draws hundreds of families to school enrollment fair

Hundreds of Milwaukee families applied to enroll their children in elementary, middle and high schools at the MPS School Fair held at Milwaukee High School of the Arts. (Photo by AlHaji Camara)

Families had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with school representatives from about 100 elementary, middle and high schools and to apply early for new schools in the fall.

Controversy swirls around “new opportunities” for Milwaukee public schools

A teacher leads a class at Woodlands East, a school chartered by UW-Milwaukee. Certain charter schools could be replicated under a plan put forth by Republican legislators. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

A recent proposal by Republican legislators could open the door for charter schools to replace public schools. MPS officials called the plan a mistake.

OHMS construction skills training moving to Barack Obama School

OHMS founder Ezzard White explains his construction training program to representatives from the National League of Cities and My Brothers Keeper in August 2014 at Barack Obama School. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Working to find new workshop space for more than six months after being forced out of North Division High School, One Hope Made Strong, which teaches construction industry skilled trades to low-income adults, has found a home at the Barack Obama School.

Majority of Milwaukee school board members are up for re-election

Members of the school board listen as a student provides testimony on behalf of a charter school. (Photo by Molly Rippinger)

While the terms of five members of the nine-person school board will end this spring, there are only two contested races in the April election.

‘No Place Like Home’ lets students combine arts with community building

Seventh graders at Golda Meir Gifted and Talented School worked on a coat drive as part of a service-learning project. (Photo by Robyn St. John)

Youngsters learn about their city while building arts-related skills through a new Arts@Large initiative.

Cold-weather closures compel some groups to stay open for first time

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, 2819 W. Richardson Place, extended its hours because of weather-related school closings. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee and a few other nonprofit organizations stayed open for the first time during an MPS cold weather closure last week to meet the increased needs of area parents and youth.