ACLU Statement on MPS School Takeover

Monday, August 24, 2015

Schools and Communities United, a coalition of 22 community, labor, religious, student and civic organizations in Milwaukee, is proud to participate in a series of press events across the nation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and calling for an end to the takeover of public schools by private operators. 

Karyn Rotker, ACLU of Wisconsin Senior Staff Attorney spoke on behalf of the organization:

"The people who are most affected by what goes on in our public schools -- parents, employers, neighbors -- should have a say in how they are run. That's why public schools are controlled by locally-elected school boards that reflect the values and needs of local people.  The school-takeover legislation deprives the people of Milwaukee, and only the people of Milwaukee, of the ability to vote for the leaders of the schools that their children will attend, that will educate their future employees, and that will nurture the children who will grow up to be their fellow-citizens and neighbors.  Singling Milwaukeeans out for this deprivation is unfair and should be resisted."