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St. Augustine school lines up big name partners to promote key fields

Apr 13, 2016 by

Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare are among the organizations that will partner with the proposed $80 million faith-based voucher school expected to open next year on Milwaukee’s south side, founder Gus Ramirez announced Tuesday.

Ramirez, whose family foundation has committed up to $70 million to develop St. Augustine Preparatory Academy over the next decade, unveiled the final plans for the school at a reception Tuesday at Discovery World.

Marquette, MSOE and Wheaton Franciscan, Ramirez said, would help develop health care and engineering programs designed to give St. Augustine students a leg up in those industries.

He said the year-round school, which will operate primarily with funds from the Milwaukee Parental Choice voucher program, will offer a rigorous curriculum based on the latest research in education. And its high school, he said, would serve as magnet for students in the city’s network of voucher and charter schools.

“Life trajectories are changed for students who get into a high-quality high school,” Ramirez told about 170 supporters gathered for the event.

A school reform advocate who has funded education projects for about 15 years, Ramirez said he was moved to act because of the limited number of seats in high-performing schools on Milwaukee’s south side.

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