Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Statement on the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program Proposal
Providing the best K-12 education system for the community should be a priority for everyone who lives in Milwaukee
Providing the best K-12 education system for the community should be a priority for everyone who lives in Milwaukee. For the past 20 years, it has been a priority of mine as I have been actively involved in a variety of education policy efforts in Milwaukee. I have worked with every MPS Superintendent going back to Superintendent Andrekopoulos, I helped the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, on whose board I still sit, in partnering with over 35 MPS schools, I assisted in crafting the successful Race To The Top grant proposal that MPS was awarded, and I continue to be involved in Schools That Can Milwaukee, an organization that seeks to ensure that 20,000 Milwaukee students attend high-quality urban schools by 2020.
In all of these efforts, my goal has always been the best quality education for as many kids and their families as possible, delivered in the fairest, most sustainable way possible. While this legislation is not something I sought, when I was recently approached by Rep. Kooyenga and Sen. Darling asking if I would be the appointing authority, I told them that it was hard to have an opinion absent all of the details. But IF the bill passed that way, it’s a responsibility that I would accept and take very seriously.
Proponents of this legislation should know the following: I like and respect MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver and would want to work very closely with her; I remain very concerned about the funding flaw that the current voucher system continues to create for MPS; and I believe public money should be directed to open admission schools, not selective admission schools.
If placed in this position, I’m committed to work hard to take this proposal and ensure that its implementation is as successful as it can possibly be. The families in Milwaukee deserve no less.
Press Releases by Chris Abele - Page 3
Colón Reappointment Wins Endorsement of Mayor Barrett, Gov. Doyle, Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence, broad coalition of community members
Information gathered will support the two major park planning efforts underway simultaneously.
County Executive Chris Abele Announces Closing on Sale of Downtown Transit Center.
Milwaukee County Receives $2.4 Million Grant from SAMHSA to Support Housing First Initiative to End Chronic HomelessnessAug 29th, 2016 by Chris Abele
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports County-wide collaborative to end chronic homelessness
Milwaukee County to Move Forward on $2.3 Million Investment at Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club in Sherman ParkAug 26th, 2016 by Chris Abele
“Recent events in Milwaukee have proven how much we rely on institutions like Boys & Girls Clubs to serve as anchors in their communities,” County Executive Chris Abele said.
Ms. Davis comes to Milwaukee County having run large and complex agencies and organizations.
“As we do the work of creating a responsible budget for the upcoming year, I look forward to hearing from the public”
"Secretary Clinton is the best candidate to unite our Country and continue moving us forward so that every American has a shot at building their American Dream,” Milwaukee County Executive Abele said.
Milwaukee County BRT Project Receives Wide Ranging Support from Community Leaders, Advocates, Business Groups and RidersJul 11th, 2016 by Chris Abele
County Board and Milwaukee Common Council Committees Expected to Vote on BRT This Week
The program aims to reduce incarceration through comprehensive, data-driven reforms.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Applauds City of Wauwatosa Decision to Advance Bus Rapid TransitJun 16th, 2016 by Chris Abele
“The City of Wauwatosa is always a great partner when it comes to economic development, public safety, and growing strong communities."