Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/29/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Legislation, Rules and Policies
Type: Action
Subject: 5. Consideration of a Request by the Wausau Board of Education to Support a Resolution Recommending Legislation Requiring School Districts to Retire Native American Mascots
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.06 - Equity in MPS
Attachments: Wausau Board of Education's WASB Resolution to Retire Native American Mascot
File Attachment:
WASB Resolution_Native American Mascot_Wausau School Board Resolution.pdf
Background: Tricia Zunker, President of the Wausau Board of Education, has notified the President of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors that, on a 9-0 vote, the Wausau Board of Education has authorized the submission to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) of the attached resolution recommending legislation to require that school districts retire Native American mascots. Ms Zunker has requested that Milwaukee Board of School Directors, along with other Wisconsin school boards, either co-sponsor or support the resolution before the WASB’s Policy and Resolutions Committee. Resolutions adopted by WASB’s annual Delegate Assembly in January set the policy direction for the WASB and its lobbying efforts.

The deadline for submission is mid-September 15, 2019. Board Rule 1.10(1), however, requires that all resolutions be ”…referred without action to the appropriate committee for consideration and report to the Board.” Under this rule, co-sponsorship of this resolution would require that it be submitted to the Board for referral at its regular monthly meeting on August 29. As a result, the Committee on Legislation, Rules and Policies would not be able to give hearing and take action on the resolution until sometime in early to mid-September and then would have to report its action to the Board for final approval at the Board’s regular meeting on September 26. This, of course, would not meet WASB’s September 15 deadline.

In light of this, if it is in support of the resolution, the Committee on Legislation, Rules and Policies may wish to recommend to the Board that, rather than formally co-sponsoring the resolution, it develop a statement of support for the resolution, to be signed by the Board’s president on behalf of the Board, and that the Board authorize its delegates to present this statement to WASB’s Policy and Resolutions Committee in September.
Fiscal Impact Statement: None.
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee recommends that the Board support the school district of Wausau in its effort to lobby the WASB to support statewide legislation to require school districts to retire Native American mascots; and that the Administration bring to the Board revisions to appropriate policies that codify a prohibition on the use of Native American mascots within MPS.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer