Milwaukee Press Club: Behind the Headlines series: Great schools

What does it take to make a school that works?

And, why don’t we have more of them?

As part of its Behind the Headlines series, the Milwaukee Press Club puts those two important questions to an impressive panel of education experts at the We Energies Headquarters*, 231 West Michigan St., on Wednesday September 12, from 11:30 to 1:30 PM, lunch included.

The event includes comments by the experts, followed by questions from a panel of journalists and from the audience. Alan J. Borsuk, long-time Journal Sentinel education reporter, now a senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School, will serve as moderator.

The event is open to the public.

The Experts (listed alphabetically):

Dr. Patricia Hoben, a former Washington D.C. science advisor, co-founded and serves as principal of Carmen High School for Science and Technology. The charter school on Milwaukee’s south side integrates two educational models: academic content learning and personal development/life skills.

A leader in launching the 220 program in the 1980s, today Marcia Spector is the president, visionary and chief fundraiser for a small school district under the non-profit umbrella: Seeds of Health Inc. with charter elementary and high schools located in downtown Milwaukee and on the city’s south side and serving a largely low-income and minority population.

Former Bucyrus International CEO Tim Sullivan is a special consultant for business and workforce development to Governor Scott Walker.

Milwaukee Public School Superintendent Gregory Thornton oversees a district charged with educating over 80,000 students. The Milwaukee School Board recently extended Thornton’s contract for three more years.

The Journalists (listed alphabetically):

LaToya Dennis, reporter, producer, WUWM
Jason Newton, news anchor, reporter, WISN-TV
Erin Richards, education reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lead Sponsor:

Foley & Lardner LLP

Supporting Sponsors:

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group

Milwaukee Press Club’s Behind the Headlines is a new quarterly program where newsmakers discuss the most pressing issues of the day.

Cost and Registration:

The cost to attend is $20 for MPC members, $25 for non-members. Lunch is included. Seating will be limited. Pre-registration and advance payment are required and may be done online at Checks may be mailed to the MPC at PO Box 176, North Prairie, WI 53153-0176.

Please Note:

We Energies has generously donated space for this event:

*A photo ID is required for entry.

*Parking is available in the Grand Avenue Mall parking structure across the street.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at with any questions; or to pay by credit card, email [email protected] or call 262-894-2224.