Media Contact: Tony Tagliavia | Media Manager
Milwaukee Public Schools will mark the 60th anniversary of the U.S.
Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education with a bell ringing
ceremony to symbolically mark the opening of schoolhouse doors to children
of all races. In its Brown v. Board decision, the justices ruled “separate
but equal” schooling was unconstitutional.
The bell ringing will be followed by a program that includes:
Milwaukee Board of School Directors member Jeff Spence
Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton
Milwaukee NAACP President James Hall
Students from MPS’ Milwaukee French Immersion School
Friday, May 16, 2014
8:45 a.m. Bell-ringing ceremony outdoors on south side of building (inside
9:00 am. Program
MPS’ Milwaukee French Immersion School, 2360 N. 52nd Street, Milwaukee 53210
MFIS, a high-achieving MPS school, exceeds both MPS and state averages in
reading proficiency and attracts a racially and socioeconomically diverse
group of students from across the city and nearby suburban communities. At
Milwaukee French Immersion School, the principles of Brown v. Board of
Education guide the work of staff, which includes excellence and
opportunities for all. MFIS was created 35 years ago as part of
desegregation efforts in Milwaukee Public Schools. Students at the K4-5th
grade school learn core subjects in the French language and are able to
read, write and speak in both English and French.
About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsinâ€™s largest school district, is
expanding college and career readiness efforts and continuing to implement
innovative reforms that give every student the opportunity to succeed.
MPSâ€™ high-quality school options for 3-year-olds to high school seniors
feature school climates in which positive behavior is reinforced;
certified, highly-trained teachers; 21st-century learning technology for
students; and curriculum aligned to the rigorous Common Core State
Standards, which set a clear, high bar for the topics students must master
at each grade level. MPSâ€™ Class of 2013 earned $24 million in
scholarships and the district is home to some of the stateâ€™s best high
schools according to the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report.
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