Gov. Tony Evers says he is likely to veto a Republican plan to break up MPS into smaller districts

Gov. Tony Evers delivers his State of the State address Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis.
Gov. Tony Evers delivers his State of the State address Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis.
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Gov. Tony Evers confirmed Monday he is likely to veto a proposal to dissolve Milwaukee Public Schools if it comes to his desk.

"Haven’t seen it in the final form yet, but it seems illogical," Evers said at a news conference. "There’s no data to support that that’s going to help any children in the Milwaukee area. So, it’s likely to be vetoed."

The bill, which would dismantle MPS and create smaller districts in its place, already passed the state Assembly and is up for a vote in the Senate Tuesday.

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The proposal could have another chance depending on the outcome of November's gubernatorial election. GOP candidates Rebecca Kleefisch and Kevin Nicholson have promised to sign the bill into law.

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The bill as passed by the Assembly would order MPS to dissolve by July 2024. It would start a commission to set the boundaries of four to eight new districts in Milwaukee, of near equal populations, and propose statutory changes to make it happen.

The commission would include the governor and the mayor of Milwaukee, both of whom would make two appointments each to the commission, and the state superintendent of public instruction.

The bill was introduced by Republicans as part of a sweeping package of legislation to overhaul K-12 education in Wisconsin, including offering private-school vouchers to all students and expanding pathways for charter schools.

MPS leaders, who weren't consulted in crafting the proposal, have said it would ruin the district's strongest programs and could separate students from their schools.

Journal Sentinel reporter Patrick Marley contributed to this report.

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