Special Report: Nearly three-quarters of MPS high school students labeled ‘truants’

Though the most recent data available shows an increase in the number of MPS students in seats, truancy has plagued the district for more than a decade. (Photo by Tessa Fox)

More than a decade of increased truancy in MPS high schools prompts questions about what the district is doing to address the empty desks.

Special Report: Black men bear the brunt of unequal enforcement of marijuana laws

Rodney Hudson, 30, said he feels his felony conviction for marijuana possession is essentially a sentence to a life of poverty. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Despite the large racial disparity in the way marijuana possession laws are enforced in Wisconsin, decriminalization advocates say nothing will change as long as the issue is considered an “inner city” problem.

Special Report: Non-driving offenses lead to license suspension for teens

Alejandra Morales lost his driver’s license before he gained it for unpaid citations for non-driving offenses such as retail theft and disorderly conduct. (Photo by Rick Brown)

Some Milwaukee teens are getting their driver’s licenses suspended — sometimes prior to getting them — for unpaid tickets from non-driving offenses.

Special Report, Part 2: Educators wary of phony diplomas, decry victimization of adult students

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An undercover investigation by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service revealed just how far some online high school programs are willing to go to enroll students, and how they continue to evade law enforcement.

Special Report, Part 1: ‘Diploma mill’ scams continue to plague Milwaukee’s adult students

Lorenz High School is one of several unaccredited online operations that claim to offer applicants access to a GED certificate for a fee. (Online image capture 4/15/14 by Scottie Lee Meyers)

An undercover investigation by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service revealed how far some online high school programs are willing to go to enroll students, and how they continue to evade law enforcement.

Special Report: Undocumented immigrants pay heavy price for minor offenses

Jose Calderon speaks about his case during a deportation protest in front of ICE's Milwaukee office on 310 E. Knapp St. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Many undocumented immigrants from Milwaukee County who were deported as a result of the federal Secure Communities program were guilty of misdemeanor offenses, such as driving without a license, according to a new report.

Advocates question state cutbacks in cancer program for low-income women

Hundreds of women's health advocates gathered recently at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to discuss federal and state policies affecting a program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income women.

Women’s health care advocates are urging state administrators to delay a proposal that restructures a breast and cervix cancer screening program for uninsured women.

Special Report: Mounting fines for minor infractions hit low-income drivers hardest

Supervisor Angela Catania explains how to regain a driver’s license to Hakim Fudge, who has 15 unpaid tickets, at the Center for Driver's License Recovery and Employability. (Photo by Rick Brown)

Unpaid traffic tickets are leading to a growing number of driver’s license suspensions for impoverished, minority Milwaukeeans.

Special Report: Fewer MPS charters, declining enrollment add up to lost revenue

Madame McKenna teaches French to K4 and K5 students at Woodlands East, a UWM-authorized charter school. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

The number of charter schools authorized by MPS has decreased by 23 percent since 2011, contributing to declining revenues for the district.

MPD public website posted inaccurate crime data for 2012

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Duplicate crime incident reports, representing about 20 percent of the total, portrayed an inaccurate picture of the number of crimes in each of Milwaukee’s seven police districts for 2012. The figures were quietly corrected late last week.