Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/29/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Update with Possible Action on Resolution 1920R-004 Regarding a Vision and Plan for Investing in Our Children's Future
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
Attachments: Resolution 1920R-004
Implementation Timeline
File Attachment:
Resolution 1920R-004.pdf
Background: At its May 30, 2019 meeting, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors referred Resolution 1920R-004 regarding a vision and plan for the schools our students deserve to the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation.

At its June 27, 2019 meeting, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors adopted the resolution and directed the Administration to develop and present a plan to engage stakeholders and gather their feedback regarding what it would take to ensure all MPS students get the schools they deserve. The stakeholders are to include students, parents, guardians; organizations including civic, community, religious; and, all MPS unions.

The Administration recognizes the important role of two entities with which it has contracted in order to assist with this process. The Donovan Group, LLC will provide assistance with community engagement in anticipation of a possible referendum. Robert W. Baird & Co. will build and analyze the district's current budget forecast, assist the Administration in identifying potential revenue and expenditure reductions/enhancements, and conduct a referendum analysis.

At this point in time, the Administration's plan is based on a multi-faceted approach including in-person/face-to-face facilitated sessions at locations throughout the city; online/social media outreach including a dedicated email address for those unable to attend a session; inclusion on School Engagement Council agendas; school leader meetings; Parent Coordinator meetings; District Advisory Council (DAC) meetings, District Multicultural Multilingual Advisory Council (DMMAC) meetings, etc.; and, collaboration with our partners such as M-Cubed, Arts at Large, WYMS Radio 88.9, etc. in order to reach a wider audience. Ideally, the feedback process would take place during September 2019.

In preparation for these sessions and opportunities to gather stakeholder feedback, the Administration will consult national education standards and resources from local and national districts and organizations to inform our efforts in this process. This will allow us to prepare a preliminary list with fiscal impacts aligned to the vision of what Milwaukee Public School students deserve as a catalyst for gathering feedback from our stakeholders through this process.

These varied approaches to gather feedback from stakeholders will be consistent in design and implementation so as to provide a fair and equitable opportunity to engage as many individuals as possible to participate.

As suggested in the resolution, feedback from the engagement process will be synthesized and a cost analysis will be completed. This information will inform development of the robust outline of a vision of what it would take to ensure that all MPS students get the schools they deserve. Upon completion of this information, it will be shared with the Board for its consideration.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer