The state Senate has passed legislation clearing the way for sale of city-owned school buildings in Milwaukee. Milwaukee Democrat, Senator Chris Larson, said most of the buildings will be sold to choice schools, in direct competition with Milwaukee Public Schools. “This gives yet another advantage to those who already have the advantage in our society,” said Larson. “And I find that to be a kick in the teeth.”
Larson and Milwaukee Democrat, Senator Lena Taylor, argued the move strips local control from MPS and the city, but Republican Senator Luther Olson argued that’s not the case. “This isn’t the state dictating anything, it’s just giving MPS, who owns the buildings, the authority to move the buildings the authority to move buildings that MPS does not use,” said Olson, who added tha Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is on record as supporting the sale of underutilized MPS buildings. The bill passed on a 19-14 partisan vote.