Group, Opposed to MPS Takeover, Delivers Letter to Mequon-Thiensville School Board

Parents, students, and community members read a letter written to Mequon's school board before Monday night's meeting.

Parents, students, and community members read a letter written to Mequon’s school board before Monday night’s meeting.

Milwaukee Public School parents, students, and community members made the trip from Milwaukee to attend Monday night’s Mequon-Thiensville School Board meeting to deliver a letter the board members.  The group wanted to register their outrage over a position the district’s superintendent, Demond Means, accepted as  an appointed commissioner to the lead the Takeover of MPS. The group stood behind MPS parent Ingrid Walker-Henry as she read the following statement before the board, while the rest of the group, that traveled from Milwaukee, stood behind her:

Dear Mequon-Thiensville School Board Members,

We come to you tonight as parents, students, educators, and community members who are concerned about your superintendent’s involvement in a plan that will harm the students in the Milwaukee Public School District.

Last November, County Executive, Chris Abele appointed Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent, Demond Means as the OSPP Takeover commissioner. As commissioner, Superintendent Means is leading the efforts to take away local control of our children’s schools.

As school board directors of Mequon-Thiensville, you are familiar with the issues concerning your students, and the community trusts you to make important decisions to ensure your students’ success.

What would you do if the superintendent of Mukwonago, Madison, or some other place came here and said they were taking over Homestead High School and turning it over to a private operator? What would you do if they told you, you would no longer have control over the curriculum and policies in that school, but you would still have to cover the administrative costs associated with running the school?

That is exactly what your Superintendent has been trying to do in Milwaukee.

As school board directors, you are fully aware that resourced public schools are desirable places to learn and are the best setting for every Wisconsin student to get off toward a great future. But, public schools need to have transparency and publicly elected leaders that can be held accountable by parents and educators.

Dr. Means is participating in a coordinated attack on public education in Wisconsin and undermining our communities’ democratic rights.

You know what’s best for Mequon-Thiensville kids and Milwaukee’s school board knows what’s best for Milwaukee’s kids.

We strongly urge you to use any influence you may have over your superintendent to keep Milwaukee Public Schools in the hands of our democratically elected school board.

Thank you.

A Special Delivery for the Mequon-Thiensville School Board from MTEA Union on Vimeo.

One thought on “Group, Opposed to MPS Takeover, Delivers Letter to Mequon-Thiensville School Board

  1. School Districts like Mequon-Theinsville don’t have a clue what districts like MPS face everyday. It would be interesting if the Mequon-Theinsville district sent their students to attend MPS schools. Then MPS students would be sent to Mequon -Theinsville schools. Please publish Jennifer Engels letter to Abele. She nailed it. Scott Walker and his people think that The American Dream is for the chosen few. That has never been the American Dream. The American Dream has always been a better life for our children through education. For many children the only hope they have is found in a public school.


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