Former MPS superintendent backs Common Core education standards

Howard Fuller sees school choice as a critical component to the future of education, but says politicians, educators and parents must work together. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

Former Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Howard Fuller is voicing his support for Common Core, saying the standards would help improve education in the state.

Construction skills program for adults seeks to return to an MPS school

Ezzard White, the founder of One Hope Made Strong, was invited to speak at a Community JOBS Fair at North Division High School on Monday. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Representatives of the One Hope Made Strong skilled trades teaching program say they are talking with MPS leaders about using the industrial technology labs at the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, after the project was ejected from North Division High School.

ACT results predict most MPS minority students not ready for college

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Milwaukee Public Schools students’ ACT scores are up, but college readiness measures indicate most aren’t prepared for college-level English and math.

Serve 2 Unite and Auschwitz museum staff members connect over nonviolence

Bartosz Bartyzel, Adelina Michaldo and Marta Berecka, visitors from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland, listen to Serve 2 Unite representatives talk about nonviolence. (Photo by Hannah Byron)

Staff members from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland heard from Serve 2 Unite representatives about how the organization works to build peaceful communities in the aftermath of violence.

Spontaneous summer job program spawns loyalty, support

Andre Lee Ellis gives advice and encouragement to some of the young men who came to work in the community garden. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

As a summer of mentoring and employing a growing group of young men comes to a close, Andre Lee Ellis is considering what’s next for his “We Got This” initiative.

Popular health fairs to provide free vaccinations, backpacks for kids

Nurses at last year’s “Back to School Health Fair” explained the results of children’s lead tests. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Vaccinations, hearing and lead tests are among the free services that will be offered at the upcoming Milwaukee Health Department “Back-to-School Health Fairs” at North Division and Bradley Tech high schools.

Grant winners provide rides for Lindsay Heights youngsters

Stefhon Hubbard of DreamBikes demonstrates how to oil a bike chain as part of the “Fight for Bikes” program. (Photo by Brittany Carloni)

Sixty children received free bicycles, helmets and classes, thanks to the winners of last year’s DreamBig! competition.

Organization donates books to combat “summer slide”

Volunteers at New Threads of Hope, 3001 N. 112th St., sort through stacks of books that will be donated this summer. (Photo by David La Haye)

New Threads of Hope is donating more than 100,000 books to children in Milwaukee this year as part of its initiative to combat “summer slide,” the phenomenon of kids losing knowledge over the extended school break.