Say Yes To MPS Referendum
As a parent and longtime MPS volunteer, I’ve seen why the schools are a great investment.
When I see a line item on our property taxes for MPS, I see my daughter. I see investment in the future of our community. I see possibilities, dreams, hopes and fears.
I see teachers that are scrappy and spend their own money trying to bring the lessons to their students that they need, but the district cannot afford. I see administrations trying to figure out how to get more and more out of their budgets with less and less. I see the lack of funds hurting our students the most.
I have volunteered in MPS schools for 13 years as well as reinvigorated and ran an MPS afterschool camp. I have seen it all and still I fight for my child. I fight for the future of all Milwaukee Public School Students.
I have seen what investment in our children can do. Music, theater, song and dance can spark the imaginations of our youth. I met a student in 7th grade when I volunteered and taught an acting class at her MPS school. Theater became a passion for her because of that class. She is now a playwright and a confident and successful actor in college.
Did you know that children can improve their math and reading skills if they are involved in the arts? Do you know that creativity can spark leaders, inventions, cures and innovation? Did you know that band, choir and theater are the reasons that many students graduate from high school, including me? Without them I would have probably lost my way and dropped out. Imagine how we could change the trajectory of our district with investment.
How can we as a city see our public schools from a different perspective? What would it take for us all to be curious enough to get involved in helping improve MPS?
This isn’t someone else’s problem. This is our opportunity and responsibility to our community. This is ours to work on, improve and support. Without it we will surely continue to struggle, because without creative thinkers, we have no art, no entertainment, no progress.
This is our call to action. Please join me in supporting our public schools. Please join me in calling for a local referendum that will make an impact in our students’ lives at a level that our community can afford. Our children need us. Let’s come from a place of giving, hope and abundance, rather than negativity and fear. MPS sparks joy. We can all make that our students’ reality. Invest in MPS. Say yes to our students.
Julie Rowley is a MPS parent.
More about the Proposed MPS Referendum
- The Educator: The Rationale for MPS Referendum - Terry Falk - Jan 14th, 2020
- Milwaukee Board of School Directors Votes to go to Referendum - Milwaukee Public Schools - Dec 20th, 2019
- Questions for Milwaukee teachers’ union on poll results - Milwaukee Works, Inc. - Dec 12th, 2019
- Op Ed: Say Yes To MPS Referendum - Julie Rowley - Dec 5th, 2019
- Data Wonk: Would MPS Referendum Pass? Should it? - Bruce Thompson - Aug 7th, 2019