Milwaukee Public Schools
Press Release

Joint statement from Pres. Bonds, Supt. Driver regarding JFC budget action

"This plan targets struggling schools rather than seeking ways to support them."

By - May 20th, 2015 05:26 pm

MILWAUKEE (May 20, 2015) – Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Dr. Michael Bonds and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver issued the following statement regarding Joint Finance Committee action on the state budget:

“Over the past week, many Milwaukee community members have expressed concern about the plan to create a ‘turnaround district’ by carving out some of the lowest performing schools in MPS. They were right to be uneasy.

“The plan passed by the Joint Finance Committee undermines the promise of public education across Wisconsin. It increases the number of schools with no accountability to taxpayers, making true transparency more difficult.

“The so-called ‘turnaround plan’ forced on Milwaukee Public Schools is not a plan to improve academic outcomes for students; its focus is on finding ways to put public school buildings into the hands of charter and voucher schools. It will not improve achievement – these plans have not in other communities – and will further fracture and disrupt Milwaukee’s educational ecosystem. This plan targets struggling schools rather than seeking ways to support them.

“MPS repeatedly met with legislators in a sincere effort to reach agreement that would have avoided the chaos this plan would cause. We shared on numerous occasions the success we are seeing and our plans to further improve student achievement. It is unfortunate the legislature did not apparently consider these factors.

“We will remain focused on what matters most – continuing our efforts and reforms that are improving achievement for students in Milwaukee Public Schools. We are appreciative of our students, families and staff who have remained dedicated to making sure our young people continue their hard work through the end of the school year. We also want to thank the many partners who support our efforts to improve the lives and education of young people and who have pledged their continued support.

“To all of those who care about public education, please continue to voice your concern. We look forward to our continued efforts to raise expectations and outcomes for our students.”

Recent Press Releases by Milwaukee Public Schools - Page 17

Milwaukee Public Schools

The facts: MPS, Malcolm X and 2760 Holdings LLC

Under the sale, 2760 Holdings, LLC, will make significant improvements to the 50-plus-year-old building to prepare it to be reopened as a community center and school.

Milwaukee Public Schools

Board votes to authorize sale of former Malcolm X site

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors voted Monday night to take the first step in the sale of the Malcolm X complex.

Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS enrollment grows for the first time in a decade

Families recognizing significant improvement and successes

Milwaukee Public Schools

Riverside girls track team to cut ribbon on new track Saturday

Set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 12 at school; track had not been upgraded since 1977

Milwaukee Public Schools

Senate proposal could evict 3,500+ MPS students from their schools, including some of the most successful in the city

Proposal to strip local control over school facilities comes as MPS sees first enrollment increase in a decade

Milwaukee Public Schools

New Rufus King, Riverside high school principals coming back to familiar places

Jennifer Smith is a graduate of Rufus King, Michael Harris graduated from Riverside

Milwaukee Public Schools

More MPS schools meeting, exceeding expectations on state report cards — but much more must be done

Thirty-four MPS schools are rated meets expectations, exceeds expectations or significantly exceeds expectations in the second year of DPI report cards, up from 29 schools in the first year.

Milwaukee Public Schools

The facts – MPS and its facilities

Citizens and taxpayers in the city of Milwaukee deserve to know the facts surrounding MPS and the use of district facilities.

Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS’ ACT participation continues to grow; district further boosting college/career readiness efforts

Mirroring state average trend, average MPS scores relatively flat over recent years.

Milwaukee Public Schools

Still looking for the right school? Enrollment and playground fun nights begin Monday

School tours -- and free family fun -- offered at 5 northwest-side MPS schools

Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS’ Class of 2013 earns more than $17.7 million in scholarships

Tops last year's total; 'Senior Scholars' honored Friday

Milwaukee Public Schools

Agenda-driven, out-of-state group accused of distorting school spending continues effort against Wisconsin public schools

MPS is committed to financial transparency; won 2013 "A+" Sunshine Review award.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *