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Milwaukee High School of the Arts
2300 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233
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3725 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53216
Milwaukee Meets New Orleans Panelists
Ray, Karran and Kristen are intimately involved with the struggle to make the schools in New Orleans work for the students, parents and the community. Ray is a former Principal and radio talk show host. Karran is a parent and community advisor. Dr. Buras has spent the past decade researching school reform in New Orleans. Each of these persons is actively involved daily in combating the ill effects of the state run Recovery School District. Each will share their knowledge, experience and best practices, as well as engage in a lively interchange of ideas with the webinar participants.
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A Bit of Background. MPS School Reform Proposed Legislation
Wisconsin Republicans have the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) in their sights.
That’s nothing new. Conservative Republicans have attacked public schools, and MPS and its unions in particular, for years.
But what is novel is a proposal for the state to, in essence, take over “failing” MPS schools and turn them into taxpayer-funded charter schools.
State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and state Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) offered that proposal in their “New Opportunities for Milwaukee Plan,” which targets education and job creation in the city’s hardest-hit neighborhoods. A highlight of their education proposal would create a “turnaround school model in Milwaukee
Additionally, Darling and Kooyenga would like to create “free-market zones” in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, with no corporate income tax, right-to-work policies (they wrote their plan before the Legislature passed the state-level law) and the use of social impact bonds to allow entrepreneurs to ease their focus on profits….
But do Milwaukee and the state at large need more charter schools? Would MPS get better results if all of its failing schools were turned into charters?
Darling and Kooyenga didn’t respond to the Shepherd’s request to talk about their charter school plan. But three experts on New Orleans’ experiment with charters told the Shepherd that a recovery district has created as many problems as it’s solved.