Megan O'Halloran
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Megan O’Halloran Announces Candidacy for MPS Board of School Directors

Parent Activist and Public School Advocate Has a Bold Vision for MPS

By - Aug 28th, 2018 03:10 pm

MILWAUKEE: Megan O’Halloran, a mother of two Milwaukee Public School students and community leader, today filed to run for the District 8 seat on the MPS Board of School Directors.

In declaring her candidacy O’Halloran highlighted her goals: “As a working mother who is invested in seeing our Milwaukee Public Schools succeed, I want to bring forward solutions that empower parents and create an infrastructure where every student has the resources they need to succeed.

Our young people are priceless. They deserve to be treated like the scholars they are. They deserve environments that foster engaging educational experiences with robust academic offerings. They deserve staff that reflects student diversity and culturally relevant curriculum. Finally, they deserve transformative justice practices that disrupt the school to prison pipeline and address the intergenerational trauma in our city.

It’s time to reverse the trend of unaccountable charter school expansion and promote responsible investment in our public schools. When I am elected to the school board, I will increase communication with parents, end the top down approach to education, and continue to advocate for the education funding Milwaukee families deserve.”

O’Halloran is uniquely qualified to serve District 8 families on the Milwaukee School Board. Her diverse background includes PTA leadership, volunteer service to Voces de la Frontera, Showing up for Racial Justice, and Girls on the Run. She is a resource development manager in the nonprofit sector and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Megan is well-known as an outspoken parent activist and public school advocate who has testified at school board meetings, collected signatures to support the creation of sanctuary schools, and raised resources to support classroom experiences for students throughout the district.

Jenner Dye, the former PTA President at La Escuela Fratney said “Megan is an excellent choice for Milwaukee School Board. She is a dedicated and driven leader who will fight to make our public schools the best possible opportunity for every student to grow and succeed. In the time we worked together on the PTA, I watched Megan listen to families’ concerns and then build constructive dialogue to find solutions. Countless times, I watched Megan help give a voice to those who otherwise might not be heard. She is a strong advocate for public education, as well as the rights of students, families, and teachers alike.”

County Board Supervisor Jason Haas said “Megan has a passion for protecting and improving public education. Her deeply-rooted sense of social justice and community engagement is vital to securing our children’s future.”

Stephanie Roades, lead organizer with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) MKE added “It’s been a personal pleasure and an organizational asset to know Megan and work with her to dismantle racism in systems and in ourselves and commit to the lifelong goal of working towards equity in community resources and education for marginalized persons in Milwaukee. Megan is not only someone that consistently shows up, but is consistently present and authentic when she does. Her actions are rooted in genuine kindness and a deep love of community, of family, and of humanity.”

The election for the Milwaukee Board of School Directors is April 2, 2019, with a possible primary February 19.

Megan O’Halloran, candidate for MPS Board of School Directors, District 8

Committed to quality public schools for all Milwaukee children.

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