Scholar Ladies

Trust me, you will want to go here to watch the students and faculty at Milwaukee’s Hope Christian Schools in their version of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.”

More than 100,000 online viewers have seen the music video, the subject of a seven-minute feature earlier this month on CNN.

When not celebrating the success of this project, the Hope Schools are changing the lives of central city students in Milwaukee as part of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

They also are coping with six-figure state budget cuts and a new wave of regulation, the result of action in 2009 by the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor.  While the state’s supposed goal was more “accountability,” in reality this represents a big step for voucher opponents in bringing the program to its knees.   They used a shotgun approach that adversely affects some of the city’s best schools.  The new funding and regulatory regime is a fundamental change from the more targeted approach that the state had been using to remove ineffective schools from the program.

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