Attached and below is a press release from the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Delegation regarding their continued unified opposition to the “MPS Takeover Plan” and the delegation letter distributed today to Assembly and Senate Republican members. Please consider for publication and/or distribution. Thank you and all the best.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 2, 2015
Milwaukee – Today the members of the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Delegation distributed a letter to their Republican colleagues asking that they join them in opposing the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) takeover plan and removing the proposal from the 2015-2017 state budget.
The proposal currently in the state budget would create a separate school district outside of MPS under the management of a Commissioner selected and supervised by the Milwaukee County Executive. The Commissioner would have the power to transfer the lowest rated public schools out of MPS control and place its operation and management under the authority of a charter or voucher school. Teachers would be immediately fired regardless of merit.
State Representative Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), Delegation Chair, expressed his continued opposition to the plan and the need for continued advocacy to remove the proposal from the budget.
“This plan would be devastating to our community’s children. Every school day, roughly 80,000 kids count on MPS. Attaching the idea to the budget and jamming it through in the middle of the night without proper debate harms those kids and is simply bad governing.
My Milwaukee colleagues and I stand unified in our opposition to this plan. It should be removed from the budget. It is policy which doesn’t belong in the budget and our community deserves the opportunity to have their voices heard.”
Contact: Rep. Goyke 608.266.0645
To see the letter that the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Delegation sent to their Republican colleagues go to: