MPS asks for community input during listening sessions

NOW: MPS asks for community input during listening sessions

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Public Schools wants to hear from you on how to make education better for our students.

The district held the second in a series of listening sessions at Ronald Reagan High School on Saturday.

 Parents, students and educators discussed their vision for MPS. “About the schools our children deserve, so we're going into all the areas, talking to everyone,” said Dr. Keith Posley, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. “To see what did we miss, what can be added."

They're sharing data and feedback gathered from an online survey MPS launched last month. So far, more than 25,000 people have taken it.

“I put on the survey that we need more specialists, we need more certified librarians, we need more art programs across the board," said Anna Lampkins, parent of an MPS grad.

The survey also found people also want smaller class sizes, and continuing education for staff.

However, paying for all of this could mean possible referendum, but some say it's worth it for the students.

"A worthy sacrifice, than seeing people not get their needs met and we're paying more for it in incarceration...shelter needs, homeless needs, when maybe putting more into education means we see those numbers decrease,” Lampkins added.

The information will be shared with the Board of School Directors who will decide on a possible referendum.

There are two remaining sessions open to the public.

-- Mon. Sept. 23 at North Division High School at 6:30 p.m.

-- Thurs. Sept 25  at Vincent High School at 6:30 p.m.

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