MILWAUKEE—Parents for Public Schools announced today the launch of its only Wisconsin chapter, incorporated in Milwaukee this week by Milwaukee Public Schools parents. Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee, Inc. (PPS-MKE) expands the organization’s reach to 16 chapters in 12 states. Parents for Public Schools is a national nonprofit, and a strong force in educating, engaging and mobilizing parents (parents4publicschools.org).
PPS-MKE took root last spring as MPS parents turned out in record numbers to advocate for strong public schools and fight against the largest education funding cut in Wisconsin history. The $1.6 billion funding-cut approved in the 2011-13 biennial budget has affected districts across the state, decreased school staffing by more than 2,300 positions, and forced reductions in programs. Class sizes have increased significantly from 2011 to 2012.
“Public education is the core of our democracy, and essential if we want to build a strong middle class,” said PPS-MKE Board President Jasmine Alinder. “MPS has been hit hard by this budget, and it’s time for parents to come together and fight for the educational civil rights of all of our children.
“Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee, will help channel those parent voices,” said Alinder
“Parents are the number one influence in helping children reach their full potential,” said PPS-MKE Treasurer Maria De Jesus Dixon. “Now more than ever, schools need to build partnerships with their families. PPS-MKE will foster such relationships and bring parental involvement to the forefront so that children achieve better outcomes district-wide.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the Milwaukee chapter to the PPS family,” said PPS National Board President Doug Wells. “Parents are working alongside teachers, principals, administrators, politicians and businesses in addressing the most persistent problems facing our kids, schools, and communities.
“When we see this type of collaboration, children succeed and communities grow and prosper,” said Wells. “We are eager to provide the support and resources for the Milwaukee chapter.”
Members are assembling a broad coalition of supporters that reflects the diversity of the district. In addition, PPS-MKE plans to recruit new MPS families; offer organizing and leadership training to parents; advocate policies that strengthen public schools and communicate those to state and local elected officials; and increase community awareness of MPS’ successes. Interested parents and supporters of MPS are encouraged to contact PPS-MKE immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org.