The last time Republican State Senator Alberta Darling had a bright idea to have the state of Wisconsin step in an take control of something in Milwaukee County, citizens ended up with the mess that is the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. However, her history of abject failure doesn’t seem to be stopping Sen. Darling from moving ahead with a plan in which the state would hand over Milwaukee Public Schools to private entities.
Aides for state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) acknowledge the suburban Milwaukee lawmaker has been talking to stakeholders about the idea of a recovery or state-run district, but there are no definite plans yet.
Just in case, members of the Milwaukee teachers union have been readying a defensive strategy. Under an effort called “Stop the Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools,” a petition on the site actionnetwork.org has more than 500 signatures of individuals opposed to the idea of allowing “third-party operators” to run what they call “a takeover zone” of public schools in Milwaukee.
Many union members are opposed to the idea of allowing city schools to be overseen by anyone other than the administration and the publicly elected Milwaukee School Board. They say it would open the door for privatization of schools if charter school management companies take over.
To read more about Sen. Alberta Darling’s school “recovery zones,” check out Wisconsin Soapbox’s excellent piece.