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Strongest voucher schools thrive

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Alan J. Borsuk

Michelle Lukacs grew up in Mequon and worked as a teacher in Milwaukee. Then she was a teacher and guidance counselor in Jefferson. She got a school principal’s license through a program at Edgewood College in Madison. She moved back to Milwaukee and decided to open a school as part of the publicly funded private …

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Mad Hot Ballroom

WISN-TV Channel 12 (ABC) | Kidd O'Shea

HOPE takes home 10 trophies Ms. Megan Huff introduced the classes of 2015 and 2016 (5th and 6th grade) to ballroom dancing this year with Ms. Rachel Payden, a Danceworks’ dance instructor. The students enjoyed it so much that they asked to have extra practices following after-school tutoring. “HOPE’s arts program exposes students to new …

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HOPE Christian Schools building $3.27 million school

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Alan J. Borsuk

HOPE Christian Schools, a network of three north side schools known for structured and demanding programs, is taking a big step forward with construction of a $3.27 million building. The new building, at 3601 N. Port Washington Ave., will allow the HOPE Middle School to be restructured as a kindergarten through eighth-grade program. The school …

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Statistics made happily real

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Patrick McIlheran

A new report says students in Milwaukee ‘s private choice high schools are much more likely to graduate: Such schools had a graduation rate of 85% last year, compared to 58% in the Milwaukee Public Schools. In flesh-and-blood terms, that means Babatunde Saaka unexpectedly has a future. The figures are the latest from what is …

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HOPE Christian Schools — changing attitudes about school and life

Riverwest Currents | Jean Scherwenka

Many students arrive at our schools feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and uninterested because they have not experienced success before,” says Wendy Greenfield, Vice President of Development for HOPE Christian Schools. “Our job is to get them excited about school again and to see that they can be successful.” She claims there is no magic formula to …

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Teacher heeds the call of another school

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Crocker Stephenson

Paul Berger thinks of his life as a journey. And as his journey approached its 50th anniversary, he seemed to be on the right road, headed in the right direction. Paul is a teacher, as is his wife, Rebecca. Their three children are grown. He and Rebecca live in Pewaukee, seven miles from University Lake …

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Study of Choice

Wisconsin Lutheran College | Laura Warmuth

HOPE board co-chairman James Rahn joins groundbreaking school choice research team. PDF of article

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Lending a helping hand to Harambee

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Felicia Thomas-Lynn

Housing, education are targets for improvement It’s not uncommon for Brooke Krueger to answer her home phone at night and hear the desperate voice of one of her students seeking help on a homework assignment. Not only does she expect it, she encourages it. As a high school teacher at Hope Christian Schools, she and …

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Milwaukee’s lessons on school vouchers

Christian Science Monitor | Amanda Paulson

MILWAUKEE – For Destiny Hatcher, private school has made all the difference. Once a failing student who often got in trouble, she’s now getting good grades as an eighth-grader at the Hope Christian School and is determined to go to college. “At my old school, the environment I was in was the same outside the …

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