Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/29/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 1. Action on a Request to Approve MPS Head Start Class-size Waiver for 2019-20 School Year
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
Attachments: MPS Head Start Class-size Waiver 2019-2020v1
File Attachment:
MPS Head Start Class Size Waiver for 2019-2020v1.pdf
Background: The Milwaukee Public Schools Head Start Program is seeking approval to repurpose seats into schools located in the North and South side of the city for 2019-2020 school year. MPS is projected to serve 1,580 students in 33 federal and two state sites of which three- year-old, half-and full-day programming is provided. Additionally, four-year-old full-day programming is also offered in these sites.

For the 2019-2020 school year, ALBA and Kagel have chosen to provide different programming for students, thus, providing the Head Start Program 60 seats to repurpose within the existing Head Start sites. The same quality services and seat allocation will continue to be provided for Head Start students in the upcoming school year. In order to maintain these services and seat allocation, the Administration is requesting approval to submit the attached Class Size Waiver narrative, which seeks a waiver from the following Head Start Performance Standard:

Class size of 17 requirement in a center-based option 1302.21(b)(3).

Equitable access to educational opportunities is a guiding principle of MPS. The requested waiver, based on the Community Assessment, is to increase the number of seats in each of our bilingual and monolingual classrooms to 20 students, which will allow families to keep siblings together. The available seats will be repurposed into full-day three-year-old programming at the following schools: Kagel, ALBA, Longfellow, and Hayes located on the South side of the city in which bilingual programming is an option, and at Bethune, Kluge, Bruce, and Franklin on the North side that historically has maintained a waitlist.

Equitable access to educational opportunities is a guiding principle of MPS. The requested waiver, based on the Community Assessment, is to provide additional seats in our bilingual and monolingual program sites that will enable families to keep siblings together.

MPS is committed to a standard of care for all children and by providing additional seats, specifically in areas with wait lists for full day programming, demonstrates the district's responsiveness to the community needs.
Fiscal Impact Statement: Does not authorize expenditures.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon Board Approval.
Recommendation: Your Committee recommends that the Board approve the submission of the attached 2019-2020 Head Start Class Size Waiver.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer