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Terrence Falk

Terrence Falk

Terrence Falk worked for more than 31 years as a Milwaukee Public School teacher and served for 12 years on the Milwaukee school board and as Milwaukee's representative to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. He has written for Milwaukee Magazine, Shepherd Express, Science Magazine, Urban Milwaukee and School News.

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No masks may mean fines, lawsuits and lost school insurance

By: - September 13, 2021

The television cameras were rolling as students boarded the yellow buses at Germantown’s Kennedy Middle School without face masks. Nor was a bus driver wearing his mask as he pulled away. Milwaukee WTMJ 4 interviewed Germantown Superintendent Brett Stousland who only said that the district “recommended” masks. Stousland stated to the camera that he was […]

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Milwaukee College Prep sticks with Milwaukee Public Schools

By: - August 3, 2021

Milwaukee College Prep (MCP) charter schools told the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) that it wanted out. It was terminating its charter with the district; the letter of termination would be received by the Milwaukee school board at its July 29 meeting. In the end, MCP stayed with MPS. It all came down to money.  MCP’s […]

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The limits of student poverty data

By: - July 23, 2021

On July 29, the Milwaukee school board will formally receive a letter from Milwaukee College Prep charter schools announcing that it is ending its relationship with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). College Prep’s plan is to transfer its charters to UW-Milwaukee, taking with them some 2000 students. The dispute between the schools concerned additional payments College […]

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Marquette University cuts and the decline of liberal arts

By: - June 24, 2021

This spring, Marquette University in Milwaukee did not renew contracts of dozens of non-tenured and visiting professors mostly in the humanities or liberal arts. Justification for the cuts were based upon declining enrollment because of the pandemic and a smaller pool of prospective students due to declining birth rates.  The Examiner has previously outlined how […]

Milwaukee schools fight two pandemics: COVID and inequality 

By: - June 7, 2021

June 1 was the day the city of Milwaukee lifted its mask mandates, but you would not know it watching the Milwaukee school board meeting that same night. On camera, all board members were in different rooms with masks. Superintendent Keith Posley and his staff sat in the administration conference room, masks on, socially distancing. […]

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School districts face heated battles over whether or not to ditch masks 

By: - April 29, 2021

On March 30, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that continuing Gov. Tony Evers’ mask mandate was unconstitutional. The ruling ended the conflict at the state level and moved the conflict to hand-to-hand combat at the school board level. The divisions are great, not only from community to community, but within communities as well. Wisconsin is […]

Children wearing protective face masks sit in classroom for the first day of classes of the new school year at the GuthsMuths elementary school during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 10, 2020 in Berlin. Classes at schools across Germany are beginning this month with face mask requirements varying by state. Coronavirus infection rates are climbing again in Germany, from an average of 400 new cases per day about two weeks ago to over 1,100 yesterday, according to the Robert Koch Institute. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Student infection rates may soar

By: - April 8, 2021

On April 5, the city of Madison reported that 21 children and daycare workers at one facility came down with the UK COVID variant, B.1.1.7. A recent Examiner article outlined that an increase in this UK or British strain was far more contagious and far more likely to cause serious health complications.  Because its transmission […]

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Reconsidering ACT testing and school report cards after the pandemic

By: - March 23, 2021

The mandatory ACT student testing dates were set; contracts with testing vendors were signed; nothing could be changed. Republicans in the state Assembly and Senate wanted to use the test requirement to force all schools to open. Milwaukee and Madison school districts were especially targeted because they had no plans to open until after the […]

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The hammer of student testing

By: - February 19, 2021

Each year, states spend more than $7.1 billion on student testing. This year, because of the pandemic, much of that money will be wasted. The waste will be worse in Wisconsin. Republicans here are pushing hard for schools to reopen, and they may be inclined to use the hammer of student testing to force all […]

Middle school teacher Brittany Myers stands in protest in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Giving public schools a shot in the arm

By: - February 5, 2021

Janesville Public Schools closed for classes on Friday, Jan. 22, in order for school employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccinations happened despite the fact that educators were not yet scheduled to receive shots according to the state’s timetable. When the vaccinations were announced, Gov. Tony Evers stated in his press briefing that he […]

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School boards confront racial mascots

By: - January 26, 2021

School board members voted on a resolution to address the use of racial and ethnic school mascots at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) Delegate Assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Although the resolution passed, it was a watered-down version of last year’s resolution that directly challenged the use of Indian mascots, a resolution that was defeated […]

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The campaign to save snow days

By: - January 25, 2021

As leaders craft plans to return students to the classroom, some hope to retain the cherished tradition of snow days