Madison – Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) released the following statement regarding the letter from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver about the eligibility of MPS for the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program (OSPP): “While the new report card model removes the Milwaukee Public School district (MPS) from being a “failing district” and, in turn, removes MPS from being eligible for OSPP, I am optimistic that this is a sign that the district is making progress under the leadership of Dr. Darienne Driver. OSPP was enacted into law not only to strengthen MPS, but to empower Dr. Driver. It is a testament to Dr. Driver that she is so well regarded by leaders and citizens of the community across the political spectrum.
Although MPS has demonstrated progress, this new report card model is attributable to a new methodology of grading schools and districts. Under the previous model, MPS would still be considered a failing district. There are dozens of schools in MPS where less than 10 percent of the students are proficient in reading and/or math. High schools such as Bradley Tech have a 4 year graduation rate of 50.4 percent and the overall MPS 4 year graduation rate is 58.2 percent.
I am optimistic greater progress can be made if the MPS board empowers the superintendent to make the tough decisions necessary to improve educational outcomes. I will continue to work with and listen to members of the greater Milwaukee community and take whatever actions are necessary to improve educational outcomes in Milwaukee.”
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