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File #: 081378    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Placed On File
File created: 1/16/2009 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/15/2016
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution directing the Intergovernmental Relations Division-Department of Administration to seek introduction and passage of state legislation amending provisions relating to a First Class City School System to create a citywide elective position of Chief Executive Officer and abolish the position of Superintendent of Schools, and establish the terms of office of both School Board members and the Chief Executive Officer to run and expire concurrently with those of the city’s Mayor and Common Council.
Sponsors: ALD. BOHL
Indexes: INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS DIVISION, MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SCHOOL BOARD, STATE LEGISLATION
Attachments: 1. Fiscal Note, 2. Hearing Notice List
Number
081378
Version
SUBSTITUTE 1      
Reference
 
Sponsor      
ALD. BOHL
Title
Substitute resolution directing the Intergovernmental Relations Division-Department of Administration to seek introduction and passage of state legislation amending provisions relating to a First Class City School System to create a citywide elective position of Chief Executive Officer and abolish the position of Superintendent of Schools, and establish the terms of office of both School Board members and the Chief Executive Officer to run and expire concurrently with those of the city's Mayor and Common Council.
Analysis
As a city of the first class, public instruction in the City of Milwaukee is largely regulated by Chapter 119 of the Wisconsin Statutes - First Class City School Systems.  The role, responsibilities and election process of both the 9-member Milwaukee Board of School Directors and the Superintendent of Schools are dictated by state statute.  This resolution directs the Intergovernmental Relations Division-Department of Administration to seek introduction and passage of state legislation amending provisions relating to a First Class City School System to create a citywide elective position of Chief Executive Officer and abolish the position of Superintendent of Schools, and establish the terms of office of both School Board members and the Chief Executive Officer to run and expire concurrently with those of the city's Mayor and Common Council.  
Body
Whereas, Chapter 119 of the Wisconsin Statutes, First Class City School Systems, regulates public instruction in cities of the first class, therefore delineating operations of Milwaukee Public Schools; and
 
Whereas, The 9-member School Board in a city of the first class, per Chapter 119, is given broad ranging duties including the possession, care, control and management of the schools, facilities, operations, property and affairs of the school district, and the formation and adoption of an annual budget; and
 
Whereas, The School Board is further given power to promote the cause of education, including establishing, providing and improving school district programs, functions, and activities for the benefit of pupils; and  
 
Whereas, Because the School Board in a city of the first class has unilateral power to select and dismiss a Superintendent of Schools, and the duties of the Superintendent of Schools as spelled out in Chapter 119 include such phrases as "under the direction of the board", "subject to confirmation of the board" and "shall be an advisory member of every committee of the board", Wisconsin Statutes effectively place primary responsibility for the Milwaukee Public School system in the hands of the 9-member Milwaukee Board of School Directors, leaving no single elected leadership position fully accountable for the performance of the public instruction system in Milwaukee; and
 
Whereas, Legislation providing for the initial establishment and term expiration of a School Board in a city of the first class has resulted in the term of office of each of the 9 members of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors expiring in off-year, non-citywide spring election cycles when voter turnout is typically extremely low, encouraging current and prospective School Board members to answer less to the students and citizenry of Milwaukee and more to special interests; and
 
Whereas, Milwaukee Public Schools have for years been beset by poor performance - in attendance, graduation rates, academic achievement, infrastructure management and budgeting - thereby severely jeopardizing not only the education of Milwaukee's children, but the economic vitality and well-being of the city as a whole; and
 
Whereas, This state of affairs within Milwaukee Public Schools calls for true leadership and accountability, which can best be brought about by amending the roles, responsibilities and selection process of those given the charge of running the public instruction system in Milwaukee; now, therefore, be it
 
Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Common Council directs the Intergovernmental Relations Division-Department of Administration to seek introduction and passage of state legislation amending provisions relating to a First Class City School System to:
 
1.  Create a citywide elective position of Chief Executive Officer and abolish the position of Superintendent of Schools.
 
2.  Prescribe the duties of the Chief Executive Officer, including the development and presentation of an annual budget and veto authority over all school based legislation acted upon by the School Board.
 
3.  Establish the terms of office of both School Board members and the Chief Executive Officer to run and expire concurrently with those of the city's Mayor and Common Council.
 
Requestor
 
Drafter
LRB09024-2
MST
01/22/09