Where charters operate in independent buildings, the differences in resources are less stark. But co-location forces each side to contend with the fact that the charters are able to offer their students far greater advantages while siphoning off resources from children on the other side of the building. In New York, it is particularly acute as students at traditional schools are in dire need while charters enjoy the spoils of both public funding and wealthy private benefactors. It may be co-location, more than any other factor, that has frayed the nerves of parents, teachers and students, and stirred a debate that has taken a decidedly polarizing and political tone.
On a decisive 14-2 vote, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors joined the Milwaukee Common Council in their opposition to the Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools!
Thank you to Supervisor Khalif Rainey for bringing the resolution forward!
Opposing the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program proposal pending in the Wisconsin Legislature
WHEREAS, the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program (OSPP) proposal pending in the Wisconsin Legislature creates an unelected commissioner, chosen and supervised by the Milwaukee County Executive, who will have the authority to privatize up to five struggling Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) each year; and
WHEREAS, the OSPP disenfranchises Milwaukee County voters, particularly in the City of Milwaukee, by removing schools from the oversight of the peoples’ elected school boards; and
WHEREAS, turning over struggling public schools to charter operators or private voucher schools does not address the significant factors that contribute to failing schools, such as concentrated poverty, joblessness, violent crime, and declining economic and social health; and
WHEREAS, the OSPP is financed with per pupil payments that would typically go to support MPS, leaving less money available for already under-funded public schools; and
WHEREAS, the use of Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel as the legal adviser and attorney for the Commissioner and the OSPP raises questions of liability and cost for Milwaukee County; and
WHEREAS, the City of Milwaukee overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on June 21, 2015, opposing the OSPP proposal in its entirety; and
WHEREAS, Milwaukee County supports the City of Milwaukee’s opposition to the OSPP proposal and opposes the OSPP proposal on similar grounds set forth in this resolution; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, Milwaukee County joins the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee in opposing all provisions of the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program pending in the State Legislature; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon adoption, the Milwaukee County Clerk is authorized to forward copies of this resolution to members of the State Legislature and to the Governor.
105 Milwaukee Public Schools were joined by 14 La Crosse schools in hosting morning “Walk Ins” to demonstrate the widespread support for public schools in the city and the unified outrage over a Takeover that rips local and democratic control from the people of Milwaukee. This Storify aptly captures the story of many of the schools who took part in the Friday day of action through the social media posts of those involved. ENJOY!
Diane Ravitch blogs about the Takeover crisis in Milwaukee and the September 18th Walk Ins.
JOIN THE WALK-IN TO SAVE MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Thousands of parents, educators, students and community leaders will hold “walk-ins” on Friday, September 18 at more than 100 public schools across the city of Milwaukee to celebrate public schools and to share information about how a proposed public school takeover will hurt students and the Milwaukee economy. In addition to Milwaukee, all public schools in LaCrosse, Wisconsin will also hold walk-ins in solidarity with Milwaukee students.
When we walk in on Friday, we are demanding justice for our kids and our city, and we are willing to unleash all our collective power to win that justice. When we walk in tomorrow we will be saying that we will not stop until our students have the schools and communities they deserve.
The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association and the Schools and Communities United coalition are organizing the walk-ins in response to a public…
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105 Milwaukee Public Schools, all 14 La Crosse schools will be taking part in the Friday, September 18th day of action in support of quality public schools for ALL students. Each event will also share information about how public school takeovers will hurt our students and deny critical services, such as bilingual education and special education.
Why walk in?
Watch video of a walk in.
Click on the school you want to RSVP to walk in at:
Cass Street: No event page created. Walk in starts a 7:00am
German Immersion: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.
Groppi: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.
Hayes Bilingual: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.
Lincoln Avenue: No event created. Walk in starts at 7:00am
Ninety-Fifth Street: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.
Obama: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.
Starms Discovery: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.
Thurston Woods: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.
La Crosse School walking in.
Southern Bluffs Elementary,
State Road Elementary,
Private schools that received state vouchers but were subsequently barred from participation in the program.
Year closed;School name;Estimated payments;years in program
2003-04;Alex’s Academics of Excellence;$3,505,595;5
2003-04;Mandella School of Science and Math;$2,231,340;2
2004-05;Academic Solutions Learning Center;$10,494,281;6
2004-05;Louis Tucker Academy;$2,795,779;8
2005-06;Howard’s Learning Center;$175,539;3
2005-06;Ida B. Wells;$136,689;1
2005-06;Medgar Evers Christian Academy;$2,319,357;9
2005-06;Northside High School;$1,708,419;1
2005-06;Sa’Rai and Zigler Upper Excellerated Academy;$910,572;2
2005-06;Tahir Ahmadiyya Elementary School;$77,259;1
2005-06;Tucker’s Institute of Learning;$930,210;2
2006-07;Christ Kids Academy of Excellence;$476,874;2
2006-07;Faith Temple Pentecostal;$82,563;1
2006-07;Nubian Preparatory Learning Academy;$63,510;1
2006-07;DJ Perkins Academy of Excellence;$472,476;2
2006-07;STS Christian Academy;N/A
2006-07;Elijah’s Brook God’s Nation Children School;N/A
2008-09;Jesus Academy of Learning;$253,539;1
2008-09;Grace Preparatory School of Excellence;$1,035,790;8
2008-09;Institute for Career Empowerment Inc.;$2,821,704;4
2008-09;Agape Center of Academic Excellence, Inc.;$7,188,581;12
2008-09;R & B Academy;N/A
2008-09;The Young Women’s Institute for Global Studies;$125,533;1
2008-09;Collins Christian Academy;$277,494;1
2009-10;Excel Learning Academy;$2,535,753;5
2009-10;Johnson Christian Academy;$2,124,379;3
2009-10/2010-11;Resurrection Christian Academy;$2,433,867;5
2009-10;Victory Preparatory Academy;$2,660,428;10
2009-10;The Way and the Truth Christian Academy;$1,004,264;1
2009-10;Trinity Christian Academy;$2,284,431;3
2010-11;Harambee Community School;$31,104,399;20
2010-11;Garden Homes Community Montessori School, Inc.;$397,748;3
2010-11;Tuskegee Aviation Academy;$711,253;2
2010-11;More Than Conquerors Preparatory School;$32,540;2
2010-11;Mustard Seed International School;$466,582;4
2010-11;Mills Christian Academy;$2,214,535;3
2011-12;Milwaukee Institute for Academic Achievement;$294,722;1
2012-13;The Margaret Howard Christian Leadership Institute;$1,997,178;4
2012-13;The Applecrest Preparatory Leadership Academy;$718,097;8
2012-13;St. John Fisher Academy;$109,514;1
2013-14;Dr. Brenda Noach Choice School;$7,299,749;12
2013-14;Washington Du Bois;$8,804,415;8
2014-15;Learning Bridges Kingdom Academy;$1,260,852;4
Total estimated payments: $139,617,701
Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
On Friday, September 18, almost 60 public schools in Milwaukee will host “walk-ins” to celebrate and protect our public schools, and to share information with parents and community members about proposed public school takeovers.
The state legislature passed a plan to take over several public schools in Milwaukee. County executive Chris Abele is expected to appoint a commissioner this fall to oversee the takeover schools. The commissioner will then identify 1-3 schools this year to be taken over next year. Very few specifics are available. For example, we do not know how the commissioner’s salary will be funded, or how the schools will be chosen.
Community allies are organizing to fight the takeover and to stand up for public schools that welcome and serve all children.
Here are the schools that are currently hosting a walk-in (click on the school to RSVP).
***Check back, this list is growing by the hour.***
Alliance High School
Audubon Middle & HS
Bay View High School
Bradley Tech High School
Hamilton High School
Howard Avenue Montessori
James Madison Academic Campus (JMAC)
Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA)
Milwaukee School of Languages
Milwaukee Sign Language
Reagan High School
Riverside University High School
Rogers Street Academy
Roosevelt MS of the Arts
Rufus King High School
Rufus King Middle School
South Division High School
Starms Early Childhod Center (ECC)
Washington High School
Don’t see your school on the list? Enter the zip code of your school and click on the green button to host an event at your school.
What’s a Walk-In?
A walk-in is an early morning gathering of parents, students, educators and community supporters who come together to celebrate their school and to share information about how public school takeovers will hurt our students and deny critical services, such as bilingual education and special education. Watch video of a walk-in here.
Walk-In Flyer to distribute can be found here.
Spanish Walk-In Flyer to distribute can be found here..