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Jun 12 2013

Michigan must look past consolidation of schools, fund programs

When I managed the editorial page for my high school newspaper, I spent a lot of my time looking at our school district’s budget situation. Somewhere in my mother’s house I still have tapes from interviews with my principal where he told me that year after year our school and district had been facing the…

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It wouldn’t be a normal day in the heartland without disheartening education headlines. On Friday, The School District of Philadelphia issued 3,783 pink slips to nearly 20 percent of its employees. Today, the Michigan Legislature will take up two bills aimed at dissolving school districts.  There’s no getting past the pure politics of these situations.…

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Jun 11 2013

Reflecting

If I could sum up the last week in one word it would be reflection. For this reason I find myself avoiding blogging, after reflecting on my own, in small groups, in big groups, on values, on vision, on self, on tfa, on reflections themselves I find it difficult to come back and blog about my experiences. That said…

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Jun 10 2013

Charters in Tosa? No way!

When I came to Milwaukee two years ago I had to adjust to the school landscape of public, charter, private, and all of the subgroups of the three. Of course, coming from a suburban background, I only had concrete knowledge of public and private schools. Generally, in the suburbs, those are your two options. I…

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Jun 09 2013

What’s next?

If I had the pleasure of seeing you any time between Christmas and my birthday, then I know I told you about my strong desire to leave the City of Milwaukee and return home to Michigan. I was ready for anything to take me away from this place and take me back home. In fact,…

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Jun 05 2013

Vouchers, vouchers everywhere!

Early this morning the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved a budget bill that would expand the state’s school voucher program from Milwaukee and Racine to all communities starting this fall. The program would be limited to 500 students this school year, 1,000 new students during each subsequent school year, and no more than 1…

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Jun 04 2013

Testing is not the be all end all

My post yesterday about Common Core State Standards led to a discussion of testing and whether or not it is appropriate for students. Even though I only had eleven students my first year and twelve this past year, I believe testing is an incredibly important part of our job as educators. If we don’t test…

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Jun 04 2013

And so it begins!

Today is the first day of induction! I move into the dorms at Oklahoma City University in about an hour. I initially made this blog with the intention of writing long detailed posts about every step of the way, but I think more realistically this will be a place for quick updates (hopefully frequent). Even…

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Jun 03 2013

Common Core is common sense

Big names in business and politics gathered on Mackinac Island last week for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Michigan Policy Conference. In addition to conversations about the state’s economic development efforts, a major focus of this year’s conference was education. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and “education reform activist” Michelle Rhee both had prominent roles…

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May 25 2013

Alumni Induction

I had the honor of speaking at our Alumni Induction last weekend. Below are the words I shared with my corps of Milwaukee teachers. My name is Alex Morgan and I am from the City of Detroit in the great State of Michigan. I know the D as the home of the automobile, the labor…

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