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Academic Improvement

Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2002–June 30, 2004
  • Location Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Milwaukee

About this grant

The current graduation rate for Milwaukee Public Schools has dropped to about 50 percent, and is even lower for minority students. Statistics from some schools show that the average student is suspended two to three times per year. In addition, Milwaukee is the second most racially segregated and single most economically segregated metropolitan area in the United States.Multiyear funding will enable Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) to focus on individual school problems and reform of school funding at the state level. Specific issues during the next two years include improvements in the area of discipline and student suspensions; and development of a school "report card" to determine disparities among local schools. Funding will also enable MICAH to participate in Mott’s eight-site study to explore the contribution of education organizing to education reform efforts in low-performing districts and schools.MICAH, formed in 1988 by 12 congregations on the north side of Milwaukee, now includes 43 congregations from 14 different denominations from the entire metropolitan area. A major emphasis of MICAH is leadership development; each year more than 20 members attend the National Leadership Training of the Gamaliel Foundation and hundreds participate in local training programs.