Henry Tyson, Superintendent of Milwaukee’s St. Marcus school recently talked with me [Transcript | mp3 audio] about his fascinating personal and professional education experience. St. Marcus is one of, if not the most successful voucher school in Milwaukee.
Henry discussed student, parent and teacher expectations, including an interesting program to educate and involve parents known as “Thankful Thursdays”. He further described their growth plans, specifically, the methods they are following to replicate the organization. In addition, I learned that St. Marcus tracks their students for 8 years after 8th grade graduation.
Finally, Henry discussed special education and their financial model, roughly $7,800/student annually of which $6,400 arrives from State of Wisconsin taxpayers in the form of a voucher. The remainder via local fundraising and church support.
He is quite bullish on the future of education in Milwaukee. I agree that in 15 to 20 years, Milwaukee’s education environment will be much, much improved. High expectations are of course critical to these improvements.
I appreciate the time Henry took to visit.
- Milwaukee per-pupil spending fourth highest among 50 largest districts in nation, Madison spent 8% more; “Not geared toward driving those dollars back to the classroom” Well worth reading.
- Comparing Milwaukee Public and Voucher Schools’ Per Student Spending
- Many notes and links on the Milwaukee voucher (parental choice) program.
- St. Marcus WKCE scores. [Notes and links on the WKCE]
- Madison’s 2012-2013 per student spending will be $15,132.
- The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute has many articles on the Milwaukee voucher program.
- Abby Ramirez: Believing in What’s Possible for Milwaukee Schools
- Milwaukee School Board member Larry Miller blogs about education issues.
- Miracle at St. Marcus.
- Rules tie up Milwaukee Public Schools real estate.