If you haven’t read James T. Harris’ Shut It Down!, head on over there and check it out. Brilliant! But I’d go one step further….shut them ALL down, and start from scratch. Return education to what it was originally intended…..education, NOT indoctrination.
Here’s what it comes down to. Most parents who have the means to do otherwise don’t send their kids to Milwaukee Public middle schools. If they are true believers in M.P.S., they do all they can to get their kids to Rufus King High School or Riverside High, the lone outposts in a once great system.
Just about all the rest of M.P.S. is a train wreck. You’ve got five elementary and two high schools that are actually sound, but on the whole, M.P.S. has de-evolved into a system that exists solely for the purpose of sustaining itself. By that I mean teachers’ salaries and their Rolls-Royce benefits. There is power in the union.