Take action now against public school takeovers

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Republican state legislators are promoting bills that will punish and take over many of our poorest, most segregated and under-resourced schools and will affect our entire school system. It is critical for parents, students, educators and community members work together to mount a massive fight to protect and improve our public schools.

Here are some important points you can share with others:
  • Assembly Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1 will weaken accountability at voucher and privately run charter schools, and could result in a large-scale takeover of public schools. Privatized schools would no longer be locally controlled, but would answer to unelected boards in Madison appointed by the Governor and others.
  • Under AB 1, more than half of MPS schools could be turned over to private companies to operate.
  • These bills offer no support to schools or communities that are struggling with high rates of poverty and segregation.
Here is what you can do to help:
  • Sign the petition to STOP the Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools.
  • Talk with parents, family, and co-workers and share the important points above.
  • Invite parents, colleagues and students to a large community strategy session on February 7 from 9am-12:30pm at MATC downtown. At this event, participants will learn more about the bills being proposed, and attend workshops on subjects such as: special needs vouchers, bilingual education, school safety, community schools, how to mobilize parents and students, and using social media in our fight. Some of the workshops will be conducted bilingually or in Spanish.
  • Click here for a flyer in English and Spanish that you can give to concerned parents and students.
  • Click here to RSVP to attend the February 7 strategy session. Bring a delegation of parents, educators and students from your school community.
  • Click here to contact your legislator and let them know you oppose AB 1 and SB 1. Talking points are also available at this link.

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School privatization fight heats up in Milwaukee

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The Milwaukee Common Council’s Steering & Rules Committee received two reports on the city’s charter schools today. One was the official report from the city Charter School Review Committee (CSRC). The other was from a broad community coalition – Schools and Communities United. It made for one of the longest meetings on record and some heated exchanges.

The Milwaukee City government was the first city in the nation to authorize privately-run charter schools. They’ve been criticized for being a financial drain on the public schools and for not enrolling the equivalent percentage of students with special needs and those who are learning English as a second language.

The official report was an update on the ten charter schools the city oversees. Members from Schools and Communities United used the public testimony portion of the hearing to present what they called “new facts” on four of the city’s charter schools identified as struggling.

The coalition Schools and Communities United sent several rounds of speakers to the microphone to present new information on four schools being considered for renewal. They identified several concerns they had with Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, King’s Academy, Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, and Northpoint Lighthouse Academy and had some pretty direct examples highlighting those concerns. Below are the reports outlining their concerns.

The coalition presented all of their new information to the committee, leaving many members visibly surprised by these new facts. The hearing ended with no vote or sanctions being placed upon these four schools, but it seems clear that many Alderpersons have now seen that the city charter school review process is flawed and needs to be scrapped. Our children deserve better!

Watch video of the proceedings here.

Please call the alderpersons on the Steering & Rules Committee and demand they hold these charter schools accountable. Click here for their phone numbers.