Board approves district-wide uniform policy
Program changes to schools in 2017-18 designed to improve student outcomes
MILWAUKEE (February 24, 2017) — The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has approved a district-wide uniform policy that will be in effect for all schools beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The policy sets basic uniform guidelines for all district schools; for example, pants must be tan, navy blue or black khaki-style pants. School communities have the flexibility to use their school colors for shirts. Proposed 2017-18 school budgets have funding to support the uniform policy.
Two district surveys revealed that the majority of parents support the move to uniforms. Research indicates school uniforms can contribute to a positive school environment, which is an important part of improving student achievement.
The Board also approved several changes to MPS school programs; these changes are designed to increase academic opportunities and better serve students and families. The changes will take place in Fall 2017.
- Clara Barton School – will realign to a kindergarten-5th grade school
- South Division High School – will create a small school-within-a-school to offer additional support to help students graduate
- North Division High School – will create a small school-within-a-school to offer additional support to help students graduate
- James E. Groppi High School, Project STAY and Transition High School – will focus on providing behavioral support for students
Two schools will close at the end of the 2016-17 school year – Community High School and New School for Community Service (NSCS). In place of NSCS, the Board authorized New School for Youth Empowerment as an instrumentality charter school for the 2017-18 school year. The school will serve high school students.
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