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Naomi Schliepp, 17, leads Carmen Schools of Science and Technology students in a protest outside Milwaukee Public Schools central offices on Friday. The students were protesting MPS’ decision to lock Carmen out of ‘Room 11,’ contested space in a building it shares with the MPS-run charter school ALBA. (Photo: Annysa Johnson / Journal Sentinel)

A long-simmering struggle over control of a single classroom erupted in protests this week after students of an independent Milwaukee charter school were barred from the space just days after the start of classes.

Dozens of students from Carmen Schools of Science and Technology took to the streets this week, protesting Milwaukee Public Schools’ decision to lock them out of

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