Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/23/2020 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 3. Report with Possible Action Regarding Possible Referendum Funding Allocation
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 3.01 - Annual Operating Budget
Attachments: Referendum Priority Survey
File Attachment:
Referendum Priority Survey.pdf
Background: At the December 12, 2019 Strategic Planning & Budget Committee meeting, based on the report of the Community Task Force, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors requested an outline of possible referendum funding allocation. The allocation should benefit all students while priority is given to those schools and students who have the most needs. Considerations will take into account the results and recommendations of the Schools our Children Deserve MPS survey, feedback sessions, public testimony, the report of the Community Task Force, and MPS’s commitment to equity.

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to a districtwide culture of equity that increases access and opportunities for our students, families, staff, and the community. Community input thus far has helped to identify the following categories of need:
• Providing more high-quality early childhood education
• Attracting and retaining certified educators to stabilize the workforce and the classrooms
• Providing more supportive services such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and special education that are essential to a quality K-12 education
• Increasing opportunities for students to participate in library services, art, music, and physical education
• Expanding access to advanced educational opportunities such as world language programs, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework—along with ethnic studies, bilingual, language immersion, and Montessori programs
• Ensuring students have access to high-quality comprehensive career and technical education
• Reducing class sizes

Responses to the Referendum Priority Survey will provide community input to help prioritize possible referendum resource allocation to best meet the needs of students.
Fiscal Impact Statement: NA
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Calvin Fermin - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent