Those opposed to proposed "takeover" plan for under-performing MPS schools deliver petition signatures

MENOMONEE FALLS -- Protesting a proposed "takeover" plan for under-performing Milwaukee Public Schools, dozens marched to the Menomonee Falls office of Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) on Thursday, June 4th.

The proposal would allow the county executive to appoint a commissioner for these schools, and they could be turned into private or charter schools.

Under the proposed plan, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele would choose a commissioner to oversee the schools. Abele says this is a responsibility he would accept.

But some are trying to put a stop to the plan.

Those opposed to the "Opportunity Schools Partnership Program" delivered petition signatures to Darling's office Thursday. We're told at least 5,000 signatures were collected.

"We have a plan to improve our schools and to support our students and rather than privatizing our kids' education. We want Senator Alberta Darling and Representative Dale Kooyenga to support the parent-driven plan to improve our communities," Jennifer Epps-Addison with Wisconsin Jobs Now said.

MPS is hosting an informational meeting to discuss the proposal on Monday night, June 8th. It will be held at the MPS Administration Building at 52nd and Vliet.