Notes on Reforming the taxpayer supported Milwaukee Public Schools


Last night’s Milwaukee Public Schools board meeting highlighted that what previously seemed to be a silent majority, the parents and teachers of MPS, are no longer staying silent. The district’s recent failures to properly report financial datato DPI and its incompetence in running the Headstart program could cost the district hundreds of millions of dollars, which has broken the trust between the district and the community. This breakdown in trust comes despite the district’s successful effort in securing a $252 million referendum in the April election. The resignation of Superintendent Posley last night could represent a chance for meaningful change in the district, but it could also simply represent an easy scapegoat for a flailing school board.

With many calling for recalling the board members, highlighting past reform attempts, some that are still in state law, may provide an avenue of hope for families in the district desperate for reform.