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File #: 150358    Version: 0
Type: Resolution-Immediate Adoption Status: Passed
File created: 6/23/2015 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/23/2015
Effective date:    
Title: Resolution opposing the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program proposal currently pending in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Sponsors: ALD. ZIELINSKI
Indexes: INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS, SCHOOLS, STATE LEGISLATION
Attachments: 1. File 150358 - LRB 158987 - Ald Zielinski - Opposition to Opportunity Schools Program IMMEDIATE ADOPTION 01.pdf
Number
150358
Version
ORIGINAL
Reference

Sponsor
ALD. ZIELINSKI
Title
Resolution opposing the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program proposal currently pending in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Analysis
This resolution expresses the City’s opposition to the provisions of the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program proposal currently pending in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Body
Whereas, The proposed Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program currently pending in the Wisconsin Legislature provides that the Milwaukee County Executive oversee the turnover of up to 5 struggling Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district schools to public charter or private voucher school operators; and

Whereas, The proposed program would diminish the power of Milwaukee City residents to control their public school district by allowing non-City residents to indirectly control the operation of certain City public schools by playing a part in the election of the Milwaukee County Executive who would have the authority to intercede in MPS operations; and

Whereas, Turning over struggling MPS schools to public charter and private voucher school operators is no guarantee of success given the fact than many public charter and private voucher schools have been no more successful than MPS in improving the performance of low-performing schools; and

Whereas, A change in governance of struggling MPS schools offers no promise to remediate the root cause of poor performance in low-performing public schools and seems a thinly-veiled attempt by the state to privatize public schools; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the City of Milwaukee opposes the provisions of the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program proposal currently pending in the Wisconsin Legislature; and, be it


Further Resolved, That the City Clerk shall forward copies of this resolution to members of the City of Milwaukee’s delegation to the State Legislature...

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