Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools

Educating Milwaukee How One City s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools Milwaukee s story is unique in that its struggle for integration and quality education has been so closely tied to school choice from the Introduction Educating Milwaukee How One City s History of Seg

  • Title: Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools
  • Author: James K. Nelsen
  • ISBN: 9780870207204
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Milwaukee s story is unique in that its struggle for integration and quality education has been so closely tied to school choice from the Introduction Educating Milwaukee How One City s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools traces the origins of the modern school choice movement, which is growing in strength throughout the United States Author Ja Milwaukee s story is unique in that its struggle for integration and quality education has been so closely tied to school choice from the Introduction Educating Milwaukee How One City s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools traces the origins of the modern school choice movement, which is growing in strength throughout the United States Author James K Nelsen follows Milwaukee s tumultuous education history through three eras no choice, forced choice, and school choice Nelsen details the whole story of Milwaukee s choice movement through to modern times when Milwaukee families have schooling options than ever charter schools, open enrollment, state funded vouchers, neighborhood schools and yet Milwaukee s impoverished African American students still struggle to succeed and stay in school Educating Milwaukee chronicles how competing visions of equity and excellence have played out in one city s schools in the modern era, offering both a cautionary tale and a choice example 178 pages of text followed by extensive notes pp 179 252 bibliography pp 253 271 plus acknowledgments index.

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    1. Most schools, urban school in particular, face integration, school selections, and student achievement challenges. A social studies teacher, James Nelsen looks at how Milwaukee school systems developed from 1976 to 1995. He spins a tale of missteps, misspent funds, politics, and the impact of school choice on students. This is a well-research documented history or what was and hints at what may be, but if you are looking for one best system, this book does not provide one. If you looking to see [...]

    2. It's quite clear that the experiments have done nothing to improved Milwaukee's public schools, mostly harming too many students. The main indicator of educational success is socioeconomic status, but nothing is being done to raise that. Until then, all the experiments and vouchers and charters and magnet schools will do nothing overall for Milwaukee's children.

    3. Nelson lays out a clear and thorough, yet concise, argument for the failure of school choice in Milwaukee in his extensively-researched book. Evoking more questions than offering answers, Educating Milwaukee is an important read for MPS teachers, but also for anyone interested in how public education could be affected by proponents of school choice, particularly in the upcoming four years.

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