PROPOSAL WOULD TAKE CITY OUT OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL BUSINESS
Alderman Tony Zielinski has drafted Common Council legislation that would put an end to the City of Milwaukee’s approval of new charter schools.
The proposal would allow existing city-chartered schools to continue operating, but would allow no new applications to be accepted.
“We certainly do not want to inconvenience or dislocate children currently attending city-chartered schools in Milwaukee, and it is appropriate that we honor our contracts with those schools,” Alderman Zielinski said.
“But I also believe the time has come for the City of Milwaukee to move forward in partnership with, and in support of, Milwaukee Public Schools,” the alderman said.
Current law authorizes the City of Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to approve new charter schools in the city.
The draft legislation has not yet been assigned to one of the Council’s standing committees.