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Wisconsin’s largest school district has a new permanent superintendent. Keith Posley has been interim superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools since May. At a special meeting Tuesday, the school board unanimously voted to negotiate a permanent contract.

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The city of Milwaukee and area schools are holding events to celebrate boys and men of color this week.

Emily Files

New Wisconsin standardized test results for the 2017-18 school year were released this week. Statewide, there aren’t any dramatic changes from the last two years: Students’ math scores are inching up and reading scores have fallen slightly.

But the results are a reminder that just one in five Milwaukee students is proficient in reading and writing. And even fewer meet standards in math.

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A Milwaukee school named after a president who helped slavery spread is set for a name change. At a meeting Tuesday, a Milwaukee school board committee indicated support for Franklin Pierce Elementary School to become Riverwest Elementary School.

Franklin Pierce was president from 1853-1857 — immediately before James Buchanan, who was followed by Abraham Lincoln. He is usually ranked among the worst presidents in American history. Historians say his failures helped lead to the Civil War.  

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State education chief and gubernatorial hopeful Tony Evers wants to put an additional $1.4 billion into public education over the next two years. The proposal is part of the Department of Public Instruction’s request for the 2019-2021 state budget.

Evers, a Democrat, heads the agency as state superintendent. The spending plan comes in the middle of a tight race between Evers and incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican.

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Frank Brogan — who recently made the news with his comments on arming teachers — visited a Milwaukee public school Tuesday. The federal education official was touring the Midwest to highlight innovation in schools.

He recognized Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School, an MPS magnet school on the south side, for its anti-bullying efforts. Its anti-bullying initiatives include a program that partners incoming freshmen with older students.

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There is a new leader making decisions that affect about 80,000 Milwaukee schoolchildren.

Keith Posley took over as Milwaukee Public Schools’ interim superintendent a few months ago. He wants to turn around low-achieving schools, slash chronic absenteeism and boost enrollment. And he’s not the only one with great expectations. Other Milwaukee education leaders have high hopes for Posley himself.

“This work is all about children for me,” he said in an interview with WUWM.

Emily Files

Milwaukee Public Schools middle and high schoolers, along with some younger students, began their school year Monday. With the new school year comes a new interim superintendent, and Keith Posley has ambitious plans for the district.

Monday morning, students were welcomed with fanfare to Audubon Technology and Communication Center on the southwest side. Students filed down a red carpet while the drumline played. Some exchanged high-fives with Posley, teachers, and school board members, while others stared intently at their phones.

French Immersion School Facebook Page

Milwaukee Public Schools boasts several immersion schools - places where students learn almost exclusively in a foreign language.  A pioneer in that movement here is the Milwaukee French Immersion School. The school was created as part of the district's ordered integration plan in the 1970s, but has lasted and thrived well beyond that original mission. 

This June, the French Immersion School marks its 40th anniversary with a visit from a dignitary from the French government.

Maayan Silver

The Milwaukee School Board unanimously voted to approve a $1.2 billion budget for the next school year on Tuesday night.

Despite heated debates at previous board meetings, the vote took place without much controversy or conflict.

Michelle Maternowski

Governor Scott Walker has started another conversation about a potential shake-up of Milwaukee Public Schools. There's been three proposed MPS "takeovers" over the last 20 years.

During an interview on Channel 12's UpFront with Mike Gousha, Walker was asked about the MPS's challenges, such as budget constraints and teachers’ dissatisfaction. The governor replied that it may be necessary to split up the district or take other significant measures.

Marti Mikkelson

Hundreds of people packed into a room at the MPS Administration building Tuesday night, as Milwaukee Public School Board members held their first discussions on next year’s budget. The district faces a $38 million deficit.

Superintendent Darienne Driver has proposed increasing employee health care contributions and raising co-pays for doctor visits as one way to save money. Emotions ran high, as scores of teachers and faculty members opposed the ideas.

Rachel Morello

Being superintendent is a tough job, and it may not be one in which it's easy to last. MPS finds itself having to look for a new school superintendent after Darienne Driver announced last week that she'll be leaving the post in July, after what will be at that point four years in the post.

Her decision raised questions about superintendent turnover in Milwaukee.

RACHEL MORELLO

Milwaukee Public Schools will once again be searching for a new school superintendent. Darienne Driver announced Tuesday that she'll be stepping down this summer.

She was the youngest person to head the district, and the only woman to do so on a permanent basis.

After three and a half years at the helm of MPS, Superintendent Driver will leave her position on July 6 to become president and CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello scans through her notes and brings us the scoop on the news out of area schools. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

By now, semester exams have ended for Wisconsin students – which means it’s time for the second semester, and another education news quiz!

This week, we’re sticking to local stories from around the greater Milwaukee metro area.

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