Speak Up for Pulaski High School Students | 10/5

What: MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver and School Board director Bonds have scheduled two meetings at Pulaski High School (Oct. 5th and 12th) to try and sell their Takeover of Pulaski. We know that no matter how much they try to dress up this Takeover as a good thing that Pulaski will not be handed over to privately-run charter schools that operate outside the democratically elected school board. Let’s show up and show out for our students and the future of public education in Wisconsin. Not one student, not one school takeover!
Read how this experiment isn’t working in New York City here.
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.
When: Monday, October 5th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Pulaski High School
 RSVP to attend here.
Updates on this event and the attempt to take over Pulaski can be found here.
Updates on the attempt to take over MPS can be found here.
October 5th Facebook event page can be found here.
October 12th Facebook event page can be found here.
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Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Join Common Council in Passing Resolution Opposing MPS Takeover

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!

A RESOLUTION

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.

Thousands in Milwaukee & La Crosse “Walk In” for Public Schools & Against Takeover

A photo from Kagel School's Friday walk in.

A photo from Kagel School’s Friday walk in.

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!

 

CRISIS: Join to Stop Takeover of Milwaukee’s Public Schools!

Diane Ravitch blogs about the Takeover crisis in Milwaukee and the September 18th Walk Ins.

Diane Ravitch's blog

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 & Entire La Crosse District Ready to “Walk In” on Friday 9/18

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:

AAL

ALBA

Alcott

Allen Field

Alliance High School

Audubon Middle & High School

Auer Avenue

Barbee Montessori

Barton

Bay View High School

Bethune

Bradley Tech High School

Bruce

Brown Street Academy

Burbank

Carson

Cass Street: No event page created. Walk in starts a 7:00am

Clarke Street

Clara Barton

Clement

Clemens

Congress

Cooper

Craig Montessori

Curtin

Doerfler

Eighty-First Street

Elm

Fairview

Fernwood

Fifty-Third Street

Forest Home

Fratney

French Immersion

Gaenslen

German Immersion: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.

Goodrich

Golda Meir Upper and Lower campus

Grant

Grantosa

Greenfield Bilingual

Groppi: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.

Hamilton High School

Hartford

Hawley

Hawthorne

Hayes Bilingual: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.

Hi-Mount

Honey Creek

Hopkins Lloyd

Howard Avenue Montessori

Humboldt Park

IDEAL

Jackson

Kagel

Keefe Avenue

Kilbourn

Kluge

Lincoln Avenue: No event created. Walk in starts at 7:00am

Longfellow

Lowell

MLK Elementary

MacDowell

Madison (JMAC)

Manitoba

Maryland Montessori

Mitchell

Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA)

Milwaukee School of Languages

Milwaukee Sign Language

Morgandale

Morse Marshall

Neeskara

New School

Ninety-Fifth Street: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.

North Division High School

Obama: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.

Parkside

Pierce

Project STAY

Pulaski

Reagan

Riley

River Trail

Riverside University High School

Rogers Street Academy

Roosevelt MS of the Arts

Rufus King High School

Rufus King Middle School

Sherman

Silver Spring

South Division High School

Starms Discovery: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.

Starms Early Childhood Center

Stuart

Story

Thoreau

Thurston Woods: No event page created. Walk in starts at 7:00am.

Townsend

Trowbridge

Victory

Vieau

Washington High School

Westside I

Zablocki

Photo sent from La Crosse Education Association.

Photo sent from La Crosse Education Association.

La Crosse School walking in.

Central HS
Logan HS
Logan MS
Lincoln MS
Longfellow MS
Southern Bluffs Elementary,
Spence Elementary,
State Road Elementary,
Hintgen Elementary,
Hamilton Elementary,
Emerson Elementary,
Northside Elementary
Coulee Montessori,
Northwoods Elementary,
Summit Elementary.

LaCrosse

50+ Milwaukee Voucher Schools Forced to Close Doors Since 2004

Failed-Voucher-School
Daughter’s of the Father Christian Academy voucher school just abruptly closed its doors nine days into the school year making it 50+ Milwaukee voucher schools to be forced to close since 2004. Whether they have not met requirements related to finances, accreditation, student safety, or auditing every one of these schools didn’t serve the best interests of students and taxpayers. These failed voucher schools have hurt countless students and families as well as have cost Wisconsin taxpayers $139 million dollars in that time. Isn’t it time we pull the plug on this failed experiment called voucher schools?

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;Learning Enterprise;$7,517,572;13

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;LEADER Institute;$1,958,241;2

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

2007-08;Nzingha Institute;$559,437;2

2007-08;Veritas Academy;$327,682;4

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;Blyden Delany;$4,443,631;10

2008-09;R & B Academy;N/A

2008-09;The Young Women’s Institute for Global Studies;$125,533;1

2008-09;Family Academy;$2,042,332;11

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;KidPreneur;$1,805,724;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;Excel Academy;$8,596,409;6

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;Kindergarten Plus;$3,498,889;12

2012-13;St. John Fisher Academy;$109,514;1

2013-14;Dr. Brenda Noach Choice School;$7,299,749;12

2013-14;LifeSkills;$2,329,974;6

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

“Walk In” to Celebrate and Protect Public Schools Friday 9/18 | RSVP TODAY

Students at U.S. Grant Elementary during last spring’s walk-in at the school (Photo credit Mike Erdmann).

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.***

AAL
ALBA
Alcott
Allen Field
Alliance High School
Audubon Middle & HS
Auer
Barbee Montessori
Barton
Bay View High School
Bethune
Bradley Tech High School
Bruce
Brown Street
Burbank
Carson
Clarke Street
Clara Barton
Clement
Clemens
Congress
Cooper
Craig Montessori
Curtin
Eighty-First Street
Elm
Fairview
Fernwood
Fifty-third Street
Forest Home
Fratney
French Immersion
Gaenslen
Goodrich
Grant
Grantosa
Greenfield Bilingual
Hamilton High School
Hartford
Hawthorne
Hi-Mount
Honey Creek
Howard Avenue Montessori
Humboldt Park
IDEAL
Jackson
James Madison Academic Campus (JMAC)
Kagel
Keefe Avenue
Kilbourn
Kluge
Longfellow
Lowell
MLK Elementary
MacDowell
Manitoba
Maryland Montessori
Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA)
Milwaukee School of Languages
Milwaukee Sign Language
Morgandale
Morse Marshall
Neeskara
New School
North Division
Parkside
Pierce
Project STAY
Pulaski
Reagan High School
Riley
River Trail 
Riverside University High School
Rogers Street Academy
Roosevelt MS of the Arts
Rufus King High School
Rufus King Middle School
Sherman
South Division High School
Starms Early Childhod Center (ECC)
Stuart
Story
Thoreau
Trowbridge
Victory
Vieau
Washington High School
Westside I
Zablocki

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?

Last May, Riverside University High School held one of the first walk-ins.

Last May, Riverside University High School held one of the first walk-ins.

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..