Resident of Milwaukee will get a chance on Tuesday to sound-off on proposed reforms to their public schools.
The state Senate Education Committee is set to hold a public hearing today at the MPS Central Offices, where they’ll take testimony on proposals aimed at reforming the school system. State Senator John Lehman (D-Racine), who chairs the committee, says members felt it was important to give residents of the city an easy chance to share their opinions about the reform effort.
Lawmakers continue to debate about what the final version of the bill should look like, with mayoral control remaining a central issue. Lehman says it’s just one piece of the puzzle though, and any reform effort needs to focus on creating a better classroom environment for students that helps them stay in school.
The Governor wants an MPS reform bill passed before the end of this month, when the state’s Race to the Top application for federal education funding is due. Lehman says passing something before then is possible, but will likely be difficult.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:09)