Nearly 400 concerned and committed parents, citizens, educators and supporters of public education came together in Milwaukee over the weekend for a Save Public Schools Community Strategy Session.
The group focused on the devastating impact Governor Walker’s proposed state budget would have on public schools throughout the state, as well as proposals to turn over some Milwaukee public schools to private entities.
“We’re going to fight this and we’re going to fight it hard,” said Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Vice President Kim Schroeder.
State Representative Mandela Barnes said, “The governor’s proposal to lift the cap on vouchers will prove detrimental, not only to public schools in Milwaukee, but public schools across the entire state. It totally divorces the students it was meant to help, which is low income students, to help provide an alternative to them.”
Barnes announced he’s currently drafting a community schools bill.
“A community school is a school that addresses the needs of students individually who are facing the most severe issues, students that need assistance with mental health, physical health, poverty support, parental leadership supports,” he said.
The participants attended sessions that included vouchers for students with special needs, school safety and restorative practices, community schools, how to mobilize parents, how to organize students, using social media for outreach, bilingual education, and more.
The event at the Milwaukee Area Technical College campus was sponsored by AFT Local 212, MTEA, Parents for Public Schools, Schools and Communities United, and Wisconsin Jobs Now.
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