Milwaukee Public School Parents Grill County Executive Abele on Takeover

MPS parent Angela Riley asks County Executive Chris Abele a question about his role in a Takeover of MPS.

MPS parent Angela Riley asks County Executive Chris Abele a question about his role in the Takeover of MPS.

“You’ve entered into these conversations with legislators who don’t live here, they don’t know my kid, they don’t love the city the way I count on you to love the city. I voted for you, but I didn’t vote for you to be in charge of schools. Superintendent Dr. Driver has said very clearly, and I trust her because she is smart, this takeover will dismantle public education. I need to hear from you: What is your commitment to the children of Milwaukee?

– MPS Parent Kelly O’Keefe-Boettcher

Milwaukee Public School parents paid $20 to attend a Wispolitics.com luncheon at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee on Thursday. County Executive Chris Abele spoke on the contract negotiations with city bus drivers and the Buck’s arena deal, but his back and forth with MPS parents over his role in the Takeover of MPS was definitely the highlight of the session.

Kelly O’Keefe-Boettcher’s question (quoted above) was first. As Abele dodged her question, another MPS parent, Angela Riley, interrupted his rambling response to ask:

“If you could speak to what she’s asking about the Takeover – What she’s saying, and beautifully by the way. I’m an MPS parent for twenty one years and what’s going on is very concerning to me and all the other MPS people in my community. How can you support something that takes our voice away?”

Abele responded that he told Senator Darling and Representative Kooyenga “This is not the way I would approach this…they have the votes to do this.” Riley again interjected that he didn’t have to accept the newly created commissioner position saying:

“Not if you stand with us in opposition to it, if it’s something you don’t like and don’t want to do. There are hundreds of people, I sat in a meeting with over 400 parents and educators that are in opposition to this. This is a very real thing, these are your constituents. These are our children we’re talking about. If you don’t support it then please stand with us in opposition to it.”

The next question came from MPS parent Martha Treder:

Abele replied, “There’s a lot of people that would jump, happily, at this position.” Treder followed up asking who’s interest he was serving by facilitating the Takeover? MPS parent Angela McManaman finished asking:

The Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools doesn’t happen if Abele turns down this position. Call him and tell him NO to taking control away from our democratically elected School Board.

Watch these four MPS parents holding Abele accountable:

MPS Parents Grill Chris Abele on Takeover from MTEA Union on Vimeo.

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No MPS Takeover Chant for Chris Abele

“A-be-le, You don’t deserve to be, the one who decides how the schools will be. A-be-le, you’re breaking all the rules, you were not elected to run our schools.”

Tell Boss Abele “NO!”

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This Thursday, June 25th, WisPolitics is hosting Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele at a program discussing the Bucks arena deal, the state transportation budget, and Darling’s and Kooyenga’s plans to give Abele control of several Milwaukee Public Schools.

Join us as we rally outside the conference center to demand the following:

– No MPS Takeover! Milwaukee wants public
community schools!
– Respect Public Transportation – Work with ATU!
– Bucks Arena: A good deal for good jobs, or no deal at all.

For folks who want to speak directly with the County Executive, the program will include a buffet lunch and will be $20 at the door.

When: Thursday, June 25th @ 11:15am

Where: UWM Hefter Conference Center (3271 N Lake Dr, Milwaukee)

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Milwaukee Common Council Formally Denounces MPS Takeover; Reins In City Charters

Milwaukee city leaders made it clear on Tuesday morning that they are unanimously opposed to a Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools. They also took some positive steps towards greater transparency and accountability towards city charter schools with checkered track records that have recently come to light thanks to the efforts of Schools and Communities United.

Here are the motions the City Council passed unanimously (Coggs and Donovan absent):

1.  Alderman Zielinski’s resolution opposing the Darling-Kooyenga plan to take over MPS schools and conveying that opposition to Milwaukee’s delegation in the Legislature.
 Stop-Takeover-Motion
2.  Alderman Kovac’s ordinance requiring the Charter School Review Committee (CSRC) to include impacts upon MPS in their periodic assessments of each City charter school.
A substitute ordinance relating to the criteria for the chartering of schools.
This ordinance requires the charter school review committee to include with committee findings transmitted to the city clerk an assessment of how the operation of school once chartered will affect the resources available to students served by the Milwaukee public school system under the applicable state funding formula.
3.  Ald. Kovac and Pres. Murphy’s ordinance assigning the City Clerk’s staff to the CSRC – duties previously done by Howard Fuller’s Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette.
4.  An amendment to the City’s broadcast schedule, sponsored by Murphy, Kovac, and Ald. Bohl, placing the Charter School Review Committee on the list of groups whose meetings are to be videoed.  This is significant because it provides a record of the debate and what decisions are made, increasing transparency.

What’s the Difference Between a Voucher, Charter, and Public School?

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The more the people of Milwaukee find out about the Takeover of MPS, the more concerns and questions they have. One question keeps being asked is: What’s the difference between a voucher, charter, and public school? This non-partisan report was published in 2012, and although some of the numbers have changed since 2012, it should help answer many of these questions for people.

Originally published in May 2012 by the non-partisan Democracy and Education Research Group.
Overview
In recent decades, there has been an expansion of the types of schools in Milwaukee receiving public tax dollars. In some areas, differences may seem slight. In other areas, there are significant differences. This is especially true in terms of students’ rights, public accountability, and democratic oversight.
There are three main types of schools in Milwaukee that receive public tax dollars:
Private voucher schools, charging tuition but also open to students who receive publicly funded vouchers.
Charter schools approved by the City of Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (aka 2R)
• Schools overseen by the Milwaukee Public Schools district.
The voucher schools, by definition, are private schools and do not have to follow the same rules as public schools. Most provide religious-based education and may charge tuition to private-paying students and, in some cases, to high school students receiving vouchers.
The charter schools approved by the City of Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee are considered public schools, but do not have to follow the same state rules, regulations and public oversight as traditional public schools. They are beholden to a “contract” (or charter), granted significant autonomy, and operate as independent entities. The schools are expected to provide greater academic results and innovation, although this has not necessarily happened in practice. Like all charter schools, they are non-religious and may not charge tuition. They are governed by privately appointed boards of directors.
The MPS district primarily oversees traditional public schools, including both neighborhood schools and a range of specialty schools and citywide schools, from language immersion to Montessori. The Milwaukee School Board also oversees charter schools that are part of the MPS but that have a specific “contract” or charter, often to provide a particular curricular focus. Finally, MPS oversees alternative and partnership schools. All MPS schools are non-religious and may not charge tuition. They are governed by the democratically elected Milwaukee School Board. Most MPS schools also have school based councils of parents, teachers and community members.

Details
Voucher schools
The biggest difference between voucher schools and charter and traditional schools is that, by definition, voucher schools are private schools and can provide religious-based instruction. There are approximately 22,300 students in Milwaukee receiving vouchers in the 2011-12 school year, mostly at religious schools. In 2011, for the first time Milwaukee students could attend a voucher school located outside the city.
While the voucher program initially began as an experiment promoting “choice” for poor people, a family of four with an income of $67,050 may now receive vouchers. The median family income in Milwaukee is $35,921.
Travis Academy was a voucher school in Milwaukee that was only recently shut down.

Travis Academy was a voucher school in Milwaukee that was only recently shut down.

Because they are private schools, voucher schools have limited public accountability and operate under different rules than public schools. For instance, voucher schools do not have to follow the state’s open meetings and records law. They do not have to provide information on staff qualifications, student suspensions and expulsions, graduation rates, and so forth to the public. Their meetings are not open to the public.

Voucher schools must accept students who require special education services, but they are not required to meet the students’ needs beyond what can be provided with minor adjustments. As a result, many students requiring special services leave voucher schools and attend a Milwaukee public schools. (Less than 2 percent of students in voucher schools are identified as receiving special education services, compared to about almost 20 percent in the Milwaukee Public Schools.)
In 2014, the state moved to terminate an underperforming private school from the Milwaukee voucher program that had operated for almost four years without accreditation — and received more than $1 million in taxpayer money during that time.

In 2014, the state moved to terminate an underperforming private school from the Milwaukee voucher program that had operated for almost four years without accreditation — and received more than $1 million in taxpayer money during that time.

As private schools, voucher schools do not have to honor constitutional rights of due process when students are suspended or expelled. Nor do private voucher schools have to follow Wisconsin law that prohibits discrimination against students in a range of areas including, sex, pregnancy, marital or parental status, or sexual orientation. Voucher schools, however, must follow federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.


Charter schools overseen by the City of Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Math & Science Academy has has several affiliates recently raided by the F.B.I.

The city of Milwaukee 2R City Charter Milwaukee Math & Science Academy has has several affiliates recently raided by the F.B.I.

There are seven schools chartered by the City of Milwaukee and 11 schools chartered by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The schools enrolled a total of approximately 6,500 students in 2011-12. Information on the UWM charter schools can be found on the webpage of the Office of Charter Schools at UWM. Links on the website provide data such as the name of a particular charter school, its address, when it was chartered, and its email and school website. Detailed data on special education students, racial makeup, curricular offerings and so forth is not easily accessible via the website. A 62-page annual report from 2009-10 is available through the website. The report does not indicate who appoints the staff and leadership overseeing the Office of Charter Schools, nor when and if the office holds meetings open to the public.

Milwaukee Collegiate Academy is a 2R city of Milwaukee charter school. It operates outside the Milwaukee School Board and is instead accountable to a appointed board.

Milwaukee Collegiate Academy is a 2R city of Milwaukee charter school. It operates outside the Milwaukee School Board and is instead accountable to a appointed board.

The only data available on the City of Milwaukee website specifically regarding charter schools is a phone number where one can get an application to become a charter school. The charter schools are overseen by a “Charter School Review Committee” appointed by city officials. Meetings and decisions by the committee are not available on the City of Milwaukee website, nor is it clear where one can attain such information. (The city has made some recent changes to provide more of this information to the public).

Limited data on individual charter schools, both for UWM and the City of Milwaukee, is available through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, but not for the schools as a group.

Milwaukee Public Schools
There are 175 schools within MPS in 2011-12, with 80,098 students. Schools include traditional schools, charter schools, and partnership schools. Charter schools include both district-run charters (instrumentality) and independent charters (non-instrumentality).
MPS Accepts All KidsInformation on schools, programs, enrollment and demographics can be found at the MPS website. MPS is governed by a nine-member School Board, which each member elected to a four-year term in public elections. The board holds monthly public meetings, in addition to committee meetings, open to the public. The Milwaukee Public Schools is the city’s largest educational institution, and the only one with the commitment, capacity, and legal obligation to serve the needs of all the city’s children.
Overall, almost 20 percent of MPS students require special education services, and 10 percent are English Language Learners. The district offers Spanish/English bilingual programs at 24 schools, and Southeast Asian/English Bilingual Programs at two schools. English-as-a-Second Language programs are available at the bilingual schools and an additional 14 schools.
MPS issues an annual Report Card for the district as a whole, and for individual schools. The reports cards are available publicly via the MPS website. Contact information for the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, agendas, meeting calendars and audio records of board proceedings are available at the MPS board governance website.
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Fighting to Save Bilingual Education in Milwaukee

“When you get a bilingual education, you preserve your native language. That’s important. You also learn to see both sides of things.”

Claudio Calvario (valedictorian at ALAS high school.)

This story comes from the Schools and Communities United “Fulfill the Promise” Report.

Claudia Calvario was born in Sayula, Mexico and came to Milwaukee when she was seven years old. She did not speak a word of English and had no legal papers.

Claudia is the first in her family to attend college. She was the valedictorian at ALAS, an MPS school where students learn in both English and Spanish, in 2014.

A twist of fate brought Claudia to ALAS. When it came time to choose a high school, she went to a fair at Grand Avenue Mall. ALAS was the only school at the fair that was bilingual. “My mother said, ‘That’s the school for us,’” she remembers.

This fall ALAS became part of a reinvigorated bilingual program at South Division High School. It has the largest bilingual high school program in Wisconsin.

MPS is known nationally for bilingual programs that encourage students to maintain their Spanish while learning English.

The district provides bilingual education to almost 5,900 students at 24 schools, and offers English Language Learner (ELL) services to almost 5,200 students.

Some 15 languages are spoken at South Division, from Hmong to Burmese, Arabic, Somali and Karen. MPS enrolls students speaking 49 languages.

Recognizing the legal rights of English Language Learners is one of several areas where public schools differ significantly from private schools. There is, for instance, no state law requiring bilingual or ELL services at voucher schools.

In Milwaukee, as is true throughout the country, student demographics are changing dramatically; by 2050, whites will be a minority in the United States. As demographics reshape the United States, the role of public education in building
a multiracial democracy is increasingly essential.

If MPS schools are handed over to private third party operators through the Senator Alberta Darling and Representative Dale Kooyenga’s Takeover bill, then these newly created charter schools would not be required by law to have bilingual education programs since they would be privately run. We must make sure that MPS schools stay in the hands of our democratically elected school board, who are accountable to the people of Milwaukee through elections and who have shown to value bilingual education in our schools.

The Wisconsin Association of Bilingual Education has already started to organize to fight the Takeover as well preserve bilingual education in Milwaukee. Join them!

A group of parents in Milwaukee are already organizing to fight the Takeover of MPS and preserve bilingual education for future generations.

A group of parents in Milwaukee are already organizing to fight the Takeover of MPS and preserve bilingual education for future generations.

Alderman Zielinski Brings Problems of City Charter Schools Front and Center

The Steering & Rules Committee took up several important city 2R charter school reforms on Thursday afternoon.

The Steering & Rules Committee took up several important city 2R charter school reforms on Thursday afternoon.

We attended Thursday’s Common Council Steering & Rules Committee, where several motions of interest surrounding Milwaukee Public Schools were discussed.

Here is a recap:

Alderman Tony Zielinski brought forth a motion to the Milwaukee Common Council’s Steering & Rules Committee that would have put a 5-year moratorium on expansion of new city charter schools. These third party charter operators have a poor track record and like all other schools that are not publicly run, they have no restrictions on who they educate, allowing them to push out students they deem undesirable. They are also not accountable to a public school board, elected by the people of Milwaukee, but rather they are an appointed review board with a dubious record of oversight.

Unfortunately, the motion was defeated, with only Alderman Zielinski voting in favor. We applaud Alderman Zielinski’s efforts and appreciate that he understands that the proliferation of 2R city charter schools are strangling the life out of MPS and will push the district into bankruptcy. This fight is only beginning. We will continue to battle until all our schools are back in the hands of Milwaukee’s democratically elected school board, not unelected commissions.

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Watch video of the entire hearing here.


Alderman Kovac proposed an ordinance requiring the Charter School Review Committee (CSRC) to provide in their periodic evaluation of each charter school an assessment of how its operation would affect the resources available to the students of MPS. This passed unanimously.

Kovac also proposed taking the CSRC’s staff out of the grasp of Howard Fuller’s institute at Marquette and replacing them with the publicly accountable staff of the City Clerk. In addition, President Michael Murphy declared that CSRC meetings would now be televised. These are changes that have long been asked for in making the CSRB’s activities more transparent to the public. This also passed unanimously.

Finally, the S&R Committee also took up a request for a new five-year charter for King’s Academy. Several Aldermen expressed concern over a long record of poor performance. The school’s CEO even admitted in testimony to the committee that the school had no working website. Murphy offered a motion renewing the school for two years, which is two years too long, but a clear improvement over a 5-year renewal. Kovac said he’d prefer a one year extension; Zielinski wanted none. The school received a 2-year extension despite these facts and the fact it was already on probation with support from all Aldermen present except Zielinski.

Alderman Zielinski Presents 50-Year Moratorium on Milwaukee City Charter Schools from MTEA Union on Vimeo.

We need to keep pressure on the Steering & Rules Committee members until they recognize that these charter schools cannot operate a year longer.

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Out of the Pews and Into the Streets to Stop the Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools

    Rev Willie Brisco speaking at a recent walk-in in support of oublic education and against the Takeover of MPS at North Division High School.

Rev Willie Brisco speaking at a recent walk-in in support of public education and against the Takeover of MPS at North Division High School.

Via MICAH (Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope

We will gather at Bethesda Baptist Church for a prayer vigil to move out of our faith communities and into our larger community, joining our Schools and Communities United partners, to confront the proposed takeover of our civil right to a voice in our public schools.
We will emerge from worship to lock arms in the struggle, with our coalition partners.
We will march to Hopkins Lloyd Community School to surround our beloved community school with our support. This school belongs to its hard-won community, not to those who would strip our rights and our legacy.

When: Thursday, June 11th @ 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Where: Bethesda Baptist Church Inc (2909 N 20th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206)

Facebook event page can be found here.

This is Why Milwaukee Needs a Moratorium on 2R City Charter Schools

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The Takeover of the Milwaukee Public Schools didn’t just start with Senator Alberta Darling and Representative Dale Kooyenga’s MPS Takeover bill. It started decades ago and one of the ways it has pecked away at MPS is through the proliferation of 2R city charters. These third party operators are issued charters by the city of Milwaukee. They have a poor track record and like all other schools that are not publicly run, they have no restrictions on who they educate, allowing them to push out students they deem undesirable. They are also not accountable to a public school board elected by the people of Milwaukee, but rather they are an appointed review board with a dubious record of oversight. Our schools need to be accountable to the elected Milwaukee Board of School Directors and not an appointed review board and the four city charter schools highlighted in this blog, show exactly why.

 

Milwaukee Collegiate Academy

Milwaukee Collegiate Academy is a 2R city of Milwaukee charter school. It operates outside the Milwaukee School Board and is instead accountable to a appointed board.

Milwaukee Collegiate Academy is a 2R city of Milwaukee charter school. It operates outside the Milwaukee School Board and is instead accountable to a appointed board.

Milwaukee Collegiate Academy is in its 11th year of operation, first as a private voucher school and now a Milwaukee City charter. In both 2011-12 and 2012-13, the school expelled 11% of its students. In 2013-14 it expelled 16% of its students. That’s 5 times more expulsions than any other City-chartered school and 10 times more than Milwaukee Public Schools high schools. Its suspension rate was 56% in 2011-12 and 42% in 2012-13, higher than any other City charter school or MPS high school.

 

Northpoint Lighthouse Academy

The city charter school Northpoint Lighthouse Academy is housed in an abandoned factory.

The city charter school Northpoint Lighthouse Academy is housed in an abandoned factory.

North Point Lighthouse Academy is a Milwaukee city charter school run outside the control of the local school board. Sadly for its students, It is located in a former steel fabrication plant amid industrial and commercial properties and has an electricity tower and a transformer in back. In 2012-13, the school paid a $111,378 management fee to its parent, Lighthouse Academies as “pay down with interest” on prior funding.

 

Milwaukee Math & Science Academy

The Milwaukee Math & Science Academy has has several affiliates recently raided by the F.B.I.

The Milwaukee Math & Science Academy has has several affiliates recently raided by the F.B.I.

In June 2014, FBI agents raided 19 of its schools in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. In July, the corporate headquarters in Illinois was raided. An FBI statement said they were part of “an ongoing white collar crime investigation.” Also in July 2014, the Ohio Department of Education began an investigation into alleged “attendance rate falsification and test tampering” at a Concept Schools facility. Other investigations concern its use of H1-B visas (Visas made available for workers in areas of high need) to bring teachers from Turkey when there is a supply of local teachers.

 

King’s Academy

King's Academy has been a school for 16 years with little results to show for it.

King’s Academy has been a school for 16 years with little results to show for it.

King’s Academy is in its 5th year as a City charter; before that it was a private religious voucher school for 11 years. In December 2014, the City’s Charter School Review Committee recommended putting King’s Academy on probation, because of poor academic performance and high turnover in staff and administration. In its 16th year as a school, it “hasn’t risen to the level one might expect” (Review Committee member) and has experienced extremely high teacher turnover.

Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski has authored a resolution for a 5-year moratorium on any new City of Milwaukee charter schools. It’s a significant step in the right direction to start to turn back the Takeover of MPS. This resolution will be introduced at the Steering & Rules Committee hearing on Thursday, June 11th. We need to turn out a large crowd for this hearing, in order to begin the process of putting Milwaukee schools back in the hands of the people, and not unelected commissions!

What: Steering & Rules Committee hearing on a 5-year moratorium on any new city of Milwaukee 2R charter schools.

When: Thursday, June 11th @ 1:30pm

Where: Milwaukee City Hall, Room 301-B

Facebook event page can be found here.

 

Alderman Tony Zielinski Brings City of Milwaukee Charter School Moratorium Forward

The unelected Charter School Review Board testifies before the Steering & Rules Committee.

The City Charter School Review Board testifies before the Milwaukee Common Council’s Steering & Rules Committee.

The Takeover of the Milwaukee Public Schools didn’t just start with Senator Alberta Darling and Representative Dale Kooyenga’s MPS Takeover bill. It started decades ago and one of the ways it has pecked away at MPS is through the proliferation of 2R city charters. These third party operators are issued charters by the city of Milwaukee. They have a poor track record for performance and like all other schools that are not publicly run, they have no restrictions on who they educate, allowing them to push out students they deem undesirable. They are also not accountable to a public school board elected by the people of Milwaukee, but rather they are an appointed commission with a dubious record of oversight. It is important to note that these are not the same charter schools that are accountable to the Milwaukee School Board. These charter schools are not part of this effort.

Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski has authored a resolution for a 5-year moratorium on any new City of Milwaukee charter schools. It’s a significant step in the right direction to start to turn back the Takeover of MPS. This resolution will be introduced at the Steering & Rules Committee hearing on Thursday, June 11th. We need to turn out a large crowd for this hearing, in order to begin the process of putting Milwaukee schools back in the hands of the people, and not unelected commissions!

Milwaukee Collegiate Academy is a 2R city of Milwaukee charter school. It operates outside the Milwaukee School Board and is instead accountable to a appointed board.

Milwaukee Collegiate Academy is a 2R city of Milwaukee charter school. It operates outside the Milwaukee School Board and is instead accountable to a appointed board.

Here is the contact information for members of the Steering & Rules Committee. Please contact them and tell them to support the Zielinski Moratorium Resolution.

Here is Zielinski’s Resolution:

A substitute ordinance relating to the chartering of schools by the city.

This ordinance establishes a 5-year moratorium during which the City of Milwaukee will grant no school charters to schools not currently chartered by the City.

Whereas, The granting of school charters, which are intended to provide innovative educational programs to help struggling students succeed, requires considerable expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the latest innovations in education; and

Whereas, While the City of Milwaukee relies upon the expertise of the Charter School Review Committee when granting school charters, the City itself has no direct expertise in education policy innovations and school operations; and

Whereas, Many of the schools chartered by the City are struggling and are either underperforming their public-school counterparts or are not performing significantly better than public schools; and

Whereas, The lagging performance of schools chartered by the City may suggest the City is not sufficiently knowledgeable about education policy and innovation to be the best judge of which school proposals are most likely to succeed and should be chartered by the City; now, therefore

The Mayor and Common Council of the City of Milwaukee do ordain as follows:

Part 1. Section 330-4 of the code is created to read:

330-4. Moratorium. 1. PURPOSE. The city recognizes that many of the schools chartered by the city are either under-performing the available public schools, or are not performing significantly better than public schools, and acknowledges this underperformance may indicate an inadequacy in the city’s school chartering process. The city further acknowledges, given the paramount role of education to the children of the community, that the most prudent action for the public good is to establish a moratorium on city-granted school charters to give the city time to evaluate its school chartering process before proceeding to grant any additional school charters.

2. Moratorium. A moratorium on the granting of school charters to schools not chartered by the city as of the effective date of this section [city clerk to insert date] is established commencing on the effective date of this section [city clerk to insert date] and terminating on the first business day following the fifth anniversary of the effective date [city clerk to insert date].

What: Steering & Rules Committee hearing on a 5-year moratorium on any new city of Milwaukee 2R charter schools.

When: Thursday, June 11th @ 1:30pm

Where: Milwaukee City Hall, Room 301-B

Facebook event page can be found here.