First they came after local control in Milwaukee, now they’re going after Racine, which leaves you wondering who’s next?
A bill currently making its way through the Wisconsin State Legislature will sidestep the democratically elected process of the Racine School Board to fill a vacant seat created by the resignation of a board member earlier in the year. According to the proposed legislation, introduced by Racine Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), an open seat could be unilaterally appointed by the board president, rather than voted on by existing board members, as is currently the case. Passage of the legislation would allow the current board president to install an anti-public education majority on the board. The Racine school board president is taking a page out of the Republican legislators’ playbook, changing the laws to gain majorities and push through unpopular legislation.
This attack on the local control needs to be stopped. The legislation has already passed the Assembly and is awaiting passage in the Senate, which could happen at any hour. It will then go to Governor Walker, who undoubtedly will sign it. This puts an extreme importance on electing pro-public education candidates in 2016 school board elections.
Demanding Racine School Board Not Agree to Takeover Bill from MTEA Union on Vimeo.
On Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm, an MPS school board committee will vote on whether to allow Carmen High School, a privately run charter school, to occupy part of the Pulaski High School building. Please call your school board representative this weekend to let them know that we oppose this proposal because:
- Pulaski students deserve better. MPS needs to take the time to create a meaningful plan that will benefit Pulaski students. Community, parents, and staff must be engaged like they’ve done at other schools, such as Bay View.
- Privately run charter schools sharing a building with public schools doesn’t work. Public school students get to see the charter school’s resources up close, but they’re not allowed to access them. How is this a partnership if there is no collaboration and two separate campuses? (Click here for details.)
- As a privately run charter, Carmen has external funding and big donors. They should use those resources to renovate a facility of their choosing – not prey on our public school buildings.
Please call your school board representative this weekend (click here if you do not know who your representative is).
On Monday, October 12th there will also be a community meeting at Pulaski High School about the takeover, although last week’s meeting proved to be more of a sales pitch than a community meeting.
Please sign this petition to “STOP the Takeover of Pulaski High School.”