On Wednesday the Milwaukee Common Council will be voting on a proposed charter school which I wrote about in an op-ed last week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Journal Sentinel Op-Ed: Rocketship Charter Schools Need Scrutiny.) Tim Sheehy, President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, has responded with an op-ed supporting the proposal (see his op-ed below.)
This proposal has some interesting features. For example in year one the school will be paying $531,810 from its funds to the “national and regional” Rocketship Education organization. This is the “non-profit” that will be running the proposed school. In the 2nd year of operation the “national and regional” fees will be $664,763. Each year after, the school will pay $797,717 that will not go to the school or the classroom.
Please call your alderperson before Wednesday and ask that the vote be postponed for 1 month so that there can be more community dialogue and input on this proposal.
To find your alderperson go to:
To contact your alderperson go to:
To read Tim Sheehy’s op-ed go to:
The Rocketship proposal (called Rocketship Milwaukee Public School) in full (497 pages) can be viewed by
going to the City of Milwaukee page, Attachments: Rocketship Application at