The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute recently issued a report on MPS policies and practices. It was followed by an op-ed piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by its President, George Lightbourn. Their conclusion about “decentralization” seems to be a reversal from a previous report from 2007.
From the WPRI opinion piece in the Journal Sentinel January 3rd, 2013:
“Move more responsibility out of central administration to the individual schools. Give teachers more say in choosing the curriculum they teach and the training they receive. Wasted dollars will melt away.”
From a June, 2007 report issued by WPRI:
“We need a better understanding of what factors may be most influential in the low scores that have been commonplace in MPS. The new report cites the decentralization of authority as a contributor to no steady gains.”
MPS Needs a New Backbone
The Achievement Gap in Milwaukee Public Schools: Outcomes by Gender, Race, and Income Level – June, 2007