Riverside H.S. Staff Organizes to Oust Demond Means as Commencement Speaker

Riverside-victory

When Nick Dlapa, the union building representative for Riverside University High School found out that MPS Takeover Czar Demond Means was tabbed to be the school’s graduation commencement speaker, he immediately stepped up. He and other teachers in his building mobilized and pulled together a team to fight back. Next they met with the principal to voice their displeasure and threatened to start a petition. The blow back for the decision was so immediate and loud that school administration immediately reversed the decision. Means is a graduate of the school.

Nice work Riverside High School! As Means and Abele target their Takeover schools in the coming weeks staffs in other buildings can learn a lot from the solidarity and organization of the Riverside staff. Together we will defeat this take over of our schools, and maybe Demond Means and Chris Abele will begin to see that the people of Milwaukee want public Community Schools, not Takeovers.

Takeover Czar Demond Means presents his plan to take over MPS buildings to administration and the school board.

Here’s what you can do right now to help defeat the Means and Abele Takeover:

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Cities Across the Nation Ready to Walk In for Public Education on February 17th

Parents, students, educators, and community members: Please join us at a public school near you on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 a.m. to celebrate public education and to stand up for public schools that welcome and serve all children. Public education supporters in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Green Bay,  Boston, and dozens of other cities around the nation will be also be walking in the same day.

Public education supporters will gather in front of their schools before the day starts to chant, march and share information about how school takeovers hurt our students. We will also educate others about public community schools that we know are a better solution than handing schools over to private third party operators. Finally, attendees will walk in to the school collectively just before the start of the school day as a community.

RSVP to attend an already established event or sign up to host a walk in at a public school near you. Keep checking back because new locations are signing up daily.
Instructions to help set up and host an Action Network event page are here.

Facebook event page for the day of action can be found here.

Milwaukee Walks-In for Public Education from MTEA Union on Vimeo.

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.

Out of the Pews and Into the Streets to Stop the Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools

    Rev Willie Brisco speaking at a recent walk-in in support of oublic education and against the Takeover of MPS at North Division High School.

Rev Willie Brisco speaking at a recent walk-in in support of public education and against the Takeover of MPS at North Division High School.

Via MICAH (Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope

We will gather at Bethesda Baptist Church for a prayer vigil to move out of our faith communities and into our larger community, joining our Schools and Communities United partners, to confront the proposed takeover of our civil right to a voice in our public schools.
We will emerge from worship to lock arms in the struggle, with our coalition partners.
We will march to Hopkins Lloyd Community School to surround our beloved community school with our support. This school belongs to its hard-won community, not to those who would strip our rights and our legacy.

When: Thursday, June 11th @ 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Where: Bethesda Baptist Church Inc (2909 N 20th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206)

Facebook event page can be found here.