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AMKE: The List 9-27-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Time is running, out and a measure was approved last night by the Senate that would keep Government running until mid-November. The divided Congress has been trying to work out a compromise when it comes to disaster aid, and last night’s efforts brought a week-long measure that would give $2.7 billion of disaster money. This debate will be revisited when Congress passes the spending bill later this year.

U.S. Secretary of Education, Anne Duncan, designated Whittier Elementary as one of only eight U.S. 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools in Wisconsin. The program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students are at very high levels or helped close achievement gaps. A celebration was held yesterday at the school located on South Third Street.

Mayor Barrett is expected to give the City’s 2012 Budget Proposal later today. Part of it would keep public libraries open longer and expand their education programs for children. Barrett said he’s looking to roll back the library service cuts of previous years, by recognizing the libraries’ importance in helping residents improve their lives.  After it’s proposed today, Alderman will hold a series of hearings on the spending plan throughout October, leading to the final council action in November.

A recent study shows that Milwaukee is gaining some ground when it comes to residents with college degrees. In 2000, 18.3% of Milwaukee’s 25 and older population had a college degree. Last year that figure jumped a little bit to 21.4%. Madison is the Wisconsin city leading the way though, with over 54% of its residents having a college degree.

Speaking of colleges, legislators are meeting today to talk about allowing student ID cards with stickers as a form of ID when it comes to voting. As we know in 2012, state voters must have a Government-issued photo ID card, such as a driver’s license. But now the Government Accountability Board thinks the plan for student IDs would be acceptable but legislators need to review it before approved.

It’s groundbreaking day for the Urban Ecology Center’s Menomonee Valley branch. It starts construction on its new center and 24-acre park and outdoor classroom in Milwaukee’s Silver City Neighborhood. If you want to go tonight you can meet the people involved and get to know the area a bit better.