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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.

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 7: Ckaris Williams, a teacher and Hurricane Katrina evacuee, prepares her classroom at Douglass Elementary School in Houston September 7, 2005 in Houston, Texas. Douglass was closed for budgetary reasons but the Houston Independent School District reopened the facility for children of evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Williams taught at Frederick Douglass Elementary on the West Bank in New Orleans prior to the storm.

The race to reopen schools

By: - January 4, 2021

A pickup basketball game is in full swing on the playground at Milwaukee’s Fernwood Elementary the Saturday before Christmas. The pandemic is at its worst, and the prospect that all will receive a vaccine is still months away. For the teens, they just want to play ball. A lot of adults show the same reckless […]

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Marquette University faces strong headwinds in the pandemic

By: - December 8, 2020

Acknowledging that Marquette University faces an uncertain future,  Rev. Jim Voiss S.J.  prayed with staff and students over the future of the Jesuit university at a town hall meeting on Sept. 28 “We are coming together at a difficult time… We have hard decisions to make. What we choose and how we come to those […]

Hybrid education may not work

By: - November 12, 2020

Keith Posley, Milwaukee’s school superintendent, proposed at a special October 27 school board meeting that the board consider the possibility of using a hybrid of online and in-person instruction for Milwaukee schools starting in January. His suggestion could not have come at a worse time as virus infection rates spiked across Wisconsin. At the meeting, […]

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School districts are running out of teachers in the pandemic

By: - October 27, 2020

Whiplash from continual opening and closing of schools is what the Oak Creek Franklin school district wanted to avoid. But whiplash is what it got. The Oak Creek Franklin schools were all set to open the school year with in-person instruction as they would normally do. Then in August, just a couple of weeks before the […]

Parents just want kids in school

By: - October 5, 2020

Update: On Monday Oconto Falls school district announced classes will be virtual until Nov. 1 for grades 2-12. So far, 30 staff members are out because they are positive or quarantined and 8% of the student body is out due to positive tests or quarantine.  “When is this going to end? When will we just […]

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How to make virtual instruction work

By: - September 1, 2020

Dawn Nordine has been the executive director of Wisconsin Virtual School for the last 18 years. If there is one person who has the most hands-on experience in virtual education in Wisconsin, it is probably Nordine. Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS) is a public-school program of the Cooperative Educational Service Agency in Tomahawk which in turn […]

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School districts rethink reopening classrooms this fall

By: - August 18, 2020

Many Wisconsin school districts planned to reopen this fall with a traditional schedule. Now some of those districts are rethinking that decision. Oak Creek Franklin Joint School District received an “F” on its school opening plans from the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) Region 7, as the Wisconsin Examiner reported. On August 13, the Oak […]

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Will teachers go back?

By: - August 11, 2020

“F” is the grade given to the Oak Creek – Franklin school district for their plans to reopen school this fall. This district received the worst grade given by Region 7 of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) which represents educators in southeastern Wisconsin.  Other school systems receiving a failing grade were Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference

Public schools fight for federal funding

By: - July 21, 2020

Millions of dollars that were earmarked for low income students in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act have been distributed to the states. But because of a federal lawsuit, Wisconsin school districts are still waiting for the money, which has not been released yet by Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Attorney […]

Riot police block the freeway access for protesters during the second day of protests. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

The school policing blindspot

By: - July 13, 2020

The Milwaukee School Board voted unanimously to end all contracts with the Milwaukee Police Department on June 18. But school board member Paula Phillips, who co-sponsored the resolution to remove police from schools stated in her opening remarks that some people in her district were unhappy about the termination of a policing program in the […]

Protesters gather at Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee Suburb, and march through the area. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)Protesters gather at Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee Suburb, and march through the area. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Defunding school police

By: - June 17, 2020

After the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, calls for defunding the police have grown across the nation. School Resource Officers (SROs) are being examined across the country as well. Is it time to get police out of our schools? Some urban Wisconsin school districts are considering ending their relationships with […]

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The school superintendent merry-go-round

By: - June 11, 2020

In March, the Madison Metropolitan School District was all set to welcome its new superintendent, Matthew Gutierrez. Then COVID-19 hit; Gutierrez withdrew his name from consideration stating he could not abandon his current Texas school district during the pandemic. That left Madison where it remains now, considering next steps in its search. David Botz was […]