Milwaukee, WI - Representatives of NAACP – Milwaukee, Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Parents for Public Schools Milwaukee, the MTEA, and other organizations publicly spoke out Friday morning in front of North Division High School to address pending legislation proposed (SB 318) by Republican Wisconsin State Senator Alberta Darling that would force the Milwaukee Public Schools to sell buildings to private companies. Darling’s proposal would allow any of the following to be sold (among others): North Division High School (used for district-wide professional development); Golda Meir’s expanding upper campus; and ALBA School, a teacher-led school whose founding teachers will be in NYC tomorrow accepting a “Teacher of the Year” award from People magazine.
“Alberta Darling may be the face of this bill, but the real person behind this takeover is Tim Sheehy,” Wisconsin Jobs Now Executive Director Jen Epps-Addison emphatically stated during her speech at the press conference. Sheehy, President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce has been the real culprit pushing the legislation to take away local control of the district’s buildings in hopes of filling them with for-profit schools, including religious schools.
Voces de la Frontera’s Christine Neumann-Ortiz also spoke against the takeover saying, “This corporate takeover likes to use the language of saying this is about our kids or our schools, but that is a lie. It’s about destroying public education in order for businesses to profit off our children while rewarding politicians”
Call Tim Sheehy at (414) 271-4100 and tell him that you do not appreciate his attempt to profit off of the children and families of Milwaukee.
Then, call Alberta Darling and tell her the same: (608) 266-5830
Photo album with additional photos from the press conference can be found here.