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.
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.

One thought on “Milwaukee Common Council Formally Denounces MPS Takeover; Reins In City Charters

  1. Unfortunately my alderman, who is in favor of the takeover bill, was absent from the meeting and thus did not have to vote against the measure condemning the bill. It’s time for a change, and a pro-public education advocate like myself to take over in the 8th.


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