What are we doing wrong? Why aren’t things getting better? There are so many people trying to change education outcomes for the better. I respect so many of them and think some are having praiseworthy impact in specific arenas. But the overall pursuit? Look at the record.
55% of Wisconsin schools buy locally sourced food
More than half of Wisconsin’s public school districts are buying food from local sources and another 19% intend to start doing so soon, according to the first "farm-to-school census" conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The new report says 43% of districts nationwide had farm-to-school programs in place in the 2011-‘12 school year, with fruits, vegetables and milk topping the list of local purchases.
You can use this USDA search to find your district and find what percentage of the food budget was spent locally.
image via flickr:CC | NatalieMaynor
Drum circle honoring the ethnic diversity in Milwaukee
It’s the simple things that make you happy! Thanks @milwaukeedpw!
UW study finds link between lead paint, discipline problems
A new study that analyzed medical and discipline data from Milwaukee Public Schools found young children who are exposed to lead are nearly three times more likely to be suspended from school by the fourth grade.
Researchers led by Amato analyzed medical and school discipline records of about 3,000 MPS students. Among the students whose blood tested positive for lead exposure, 31% had been suspended at least once by fourth grade. Among those not exposed to lead, 11% had been suspended by then, Amato said.
image via flickr:CC | Rev. Xanatos
Jim Duggan will always have the memories, stored up over 50 years of teaching history at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.
Five-Zero. Fifty. Years. Teaching.
Happy Fair Trade Crawl day in Milwaukee at Sven’s - try the fair trade special today.
"Your brain likes other brains." @du4com #TEDxmke
Outsourcing our brains is the next big step into the networked future.
"I don’t know I left after 7 hours…"
- Nathaniel Stern and Ilya Avdeev