By Bob Peterson (Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 15, 2015)
During my 30 years of teaching fifth grade, I've always encouraged my students to look critically at problems and to learn from mistakes. Sen. Alberta Darling's and Rep. Dale Kooyenga's plan to take over public schools in Milwaukee does neither.
The few details in their plan provide no framework for actually improving academic achievement. Equally important, the plan ignores the Milwaukee community's experience with similar efforts to dismantle our public schools and undermine our democratic institutions.
There are several glaring problems with the Darling-Kooyenga plan.
These are just some of the many problems in the Darling-Kooyenga plan.
This proposal should be rejected by anyone who believes in democracy and the importance of educating all children. The Milwaukee Public Schools is the only institution in the city with the capacity, commitment and legal obligation to serve all our students.
Our schools are the foundation of our democracy and of our future. Let's unite to support and improve our public schools, not abandon them.
Bob Peterson is fromer president of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association. He has taught 5th grade in MPS for 30 years.
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