Educate All Students: Larry Miller's Blog

October 31, 2011

Please Contact Your Alderperson About Rocketship

Filed under: Charter Schools — millerlf @ 10:33 pm

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:

http://itmdapps.milwaukee.gov/electedreps/electrep.jsp

To contact your alderperson go to:

http://city.milwaukee.gov/ElectedOfficials

To read Tim Sheehy’s op-ed go to:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/charter-school-deserves-citys-approval-132959658.html

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

http://milwaukee.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=988548&GUID=3AC4EF15-F2BC-4713-8E8D-58B21EE41265

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: