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Board of School Directors
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 9, 2014


Special meeting of the Board of School Directors called to order by President Bonds at 6:34 PM.

Present—Directors Falk, Holman, Joseph, Miller, Sain, Spence, Woodward, Zautke, and President Bonds—9.

Absent—None.

The Board Clerk read the following call of the meeting:

April 3, 2014

Office of Board Governance

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS:

At the request of President Michael Bonds, a special meeting of the Board of School Directors will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in the Auditorium of the Central Services Building, 5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the purpose of determining how the Board wishes to proceed with temporarily filling the vacancy to be created by the resignation of the current Superintendent, effective July 1, 2014.

The Board may retire to executive session pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, Section 19.85(1)(c), which allows a governmental body to retire to executive session for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.

The Board may reconvene in open session to take action on matters considered in executive session. Otherwise, the Board will adjourn from executive session.



LYNNE A. SOBCZAK
Board Clerk

Director Woodward moved that the Board retire to executive session, pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, Section 19.85(1)(c), for the purpose of determining how the Board wishes to proceed with temporarily filling the vacancy to be created by the resignation of the current Superintendent, effective July 1, 2014.

The motion prevailed, the vote being as follows:

Ayes—Directors Falk, Holman, Joseph, Miller, Sain, Spence, Woodward, Zautke, and President Bonds—9.

Noes—None.

The Board retired to executive session at 6:38 PM.

The Board adjourned from executive session at 8:43 PM.

LYNNE A. SOBCZAK
Board Clerk


Board of School Directors
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 16, 2014


Special meeting of the Board of School Directors called to order by President Bonds at 6:33 PM.

Present—Directors Falk, Holman, Joseph, Miller, Sain (6:45 PM), Spence, Woodward (6:40 PM), Zautke, and President Bonds—9.

Absent—None.

The Board Information Officer read the following call of the meeting:

April 14, 2014

Office of Board Governance

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS:

At the request of President Michael Bonds, a special meeting of the Board of School Directors will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in the Auditorium of the Central Services Building, 5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the purpose of determining how the Board wishes to proceed with temporarily filling the vacancy to be created by the resignation of the current Superintendent, effective July 1, 2014.

The Board may retire to executive session pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, Section 19.85(1)(c), which allows a governmental body to retire to executive session for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.

The Board may reconvene in open session to take action on matters considered in executive session. Otherwise, the Board will adjourn from executive session.



LYNNE A. SOBCZAK
Board Clerk

It was moved that the Board retire to executive session, pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, Section 19.85(1)(c), for the purpose of determining how the Board wishes to proceed with temporarily filling the vacancy to be created by the resignation of the current Superintendent, effective July 1, 2014.

The motion prevailed, the vote being as follows:

Ayes—Directors Falk, Holman, Joseph, Miller, Spence, Zautke, and President Bonds—7.

Noes—None.

The Board retired to executive session at 6:37 PM.

The Board adjourned from executive session at 10:40 PM.

I. Melli Wickliff

Board Information Officer



Board of School Directors
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 22, 2014


Regular meeting of the Board of School Directors called to order by President Bonds at 6:38 PM.

Present—Directors Falk, Holman, Joseph, Miller, Sain, Spence, Woodward, Zautke, and President Bonds—9.

Absent—None.

The President requested a moment of silence to commemorate the passing of two Milwaukee Public Schools students:

• Aurelius Williams, age 17, a Bradley Tech student, who died on March 31, 2014; and

• Jacari Maxwell, age 8, a Thurston Woods student, who died on March 31, 2014.



Awards and Commendations

(Item A) Excellence in Education Award — Junior Achievement of Wisconsin



Background

Each month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors recognizes an outstanding school, student, staff member, parent, or community member for a display of excellence, achievement, and innovation that may serve as an example to our school district and the entire Milwaukee community. This month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors is pleased to present the “Excellence in Education Award” to:



Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

Junior Achievement has truly put the “partner” in partnership and has made a very strong statement regarding its commitment to the students of Milwaukee Public Schools.

In 2012-2013, Milwaukee Public Schools launched the Learning Journey for the eighth grade. Learning Journeys are highly developed, beyond-the-classroom learning experiences that connect classroom instruction to real-world learning opportunities, with no cost to students. Junior Achievement climbed aboard to provide an amazing experience for our 8th-grade students by having them attend Junior Achievement’s Finance Park. In 2012-2013, through fund raising efforts between JA and MPS, over 5,100 8th-grade students were taught the financial literacy curriculum of Finance Park and were given the opportunity to become adults for a day by budgeting their money and making choices that would best meet the needs of their “real” families.

Also, in 2012-2013, Junior Achievement went down another adventurous path with MPS. Through the Financial Literacy Innovation Grant, the partners worked together to implement and deliver the JA BizTown curriculum to over 4,200 5th-grade students. This opportunity gave MPS students the opportunity to connect education to the workforce by having them run a “real” city economy as workers, consumers, and government officials. This experience has given our students the tools which they desire and need for success in the real world, as evidenced by evaluation measures that are part of the curriculum.

Upon the completion of the grant, Milwaukee Public Schools was not able to fund this experience for our students alone. Instead, Junior Achievement was committed to sustain the positive work of the financial literacy program beyond the grant timeline. JA proposed that it would continue to raise funds through its active business and foundation partnerships to cover the student-curriculum material costs for MPS students to attend BizTown in the 2013-2014 school year.

Our students have been given the opportunity to grow and to develop their life skills through the programs of Junior Achievement’s BizTown and Finance Park.

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team effort to achieve success. Tim Greinert, along with his staff of many, helped to guide a smooth ship to navigate over 9,300 students through their facility to create these real-life experiences for our MPS students. Junior Achievement consistently pulls together to provide the best experience for students.

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors and the entire school community recognize Junior Achievement of Wisconsin for their dedication, outstanding leadership, and commitment to excellence on behalf of the students of the Milwaukee Public Schools.

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(Item B) MPS Winners of the Wisconsin Association of Bilingual Education (WIABE) Student Writing Contest



Background

Winners of the 2014 Wisconsin Association of Bilingual Education’s (WIABE) Writing Contest were honored at the WIABE Conference on April 12, 2014, at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. This year, three of the four winners are students in Milwaukee Public Schools:

Angela Estrada, Mitchell School
Yilana Cruz, Escuela Vieau School
Mirian Vargas, Wedgewood Park International School

These students shared their winning essays at the April meeting of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.

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(Item C) Other Awards and Commendations



The Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education Recognizes MPS Teachers

The following MPS bilingual/ESL teachers were recently recognized at the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education’s (WIABE) conference as Teachers of the Year:

Jose Trejo — ALAS High School
Gisela Ayala — Alexander Mitchell School
Diana Alvarez — Allen-Field School
Hilda Garcia — Anna F. Doerfler School
Alicia Gomez — Bay View MS and HS
Julian Garcia — James W. Riley School
Evelyn Orta-Villanueva — H.W. Longfellow
Jennifer Czechowicz — Hayes Bilingual School
Jessica Martinez — Kagel Elementary
Bernarda Santos — Rogers Street Academy

Through a balanced program of research, professional development, and public education, WIABE supports and encourages the implementation of educational policies and effective bilingual-bicultural programs that promote equal educational opportunity and academic excellence for all language-minority students. WIABE firmly believes that only enrichment (additive) forms of bilingual education ensure that language-minority students are successful academically and develop age-appropriate English proficiency while at the same time maintaining a sense of pride in culture and diversity.

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Senior at Rufus King International School wins President’s Volunteer Service Award

Chariesse Ellis has committed herself to service. The senior at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Rufus King International School — High School Campus has spent more than 200 hours helping people through agencies such as City on a Hill, which provides medical care to people who are homeless or uninsured.

Now her work is getting noticed. Chariesse has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the nation’s premier volunteer award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. The award was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

The recognition comes as MPS has implemented a community-service graduation requirement, which takes effect beginning with students one grade younger than Chariesse — the class of 2015.

Rufus King High School nominated Chariesse, who takes part in the International Baccalaureate ‘Diploma Programme’ at the school, for the national honor in recognition of her work.

The new community-service requirement is an effort to forward MPS’s mission of educating all students for success in higher education, careers, and responsible citizenship. As part of the requirement, MPS students must complete at least one of three options: service learning, online learning, or community service.

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Rufus King International H.S. among State’s Top Three on Washington Post’s List of Top High Schools

Rufus King International High School is among the three best high schools in Wisconsin and the 50 best in the Midwest, according to rankings released Monday by The Washington Post.

The ranking, which is based upon the school’s efforts to challenge students to grow academically, joins a long list of national accolades for the school, including the #2 spot in Wisconsin’s ranking from U.S. News and World Report in 2013 and ACT’s national College and Career Transition Award for High Schools.

Rufus King High School’s #3 spot in Wisconsin’s ranking by The Washington Post makes it the highest-rated public school in all of southeastern Wisconsin.



The Post ranks schools through a formula that examines “the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year,” according to the newspaper’s website.

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Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language Students Medal in Statewide Chinese Speech Competition

Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language (MACL) students received numerous awards at a statewide Chinese speech competition earlier this year. The Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers (WACLT) 2014 Chinese Speech competition was held at UW-Milwaukee. This contest is open to students from kindergarten through college — both beginners and native speakers. Participants deliver original speeches, recitations, or stories on a topic of their choosing in Mandarin Chinese.

Nearly two dozen students participated in the competition. The MACL team received a total of three gold, four silver, and five bronze medals! Congratulations to:

Junan, Brilliant Miles and Katyani Gold medalists


Antoni, Israel, Nikita and Kiara Silver medalists
Jordan, Tuey, Shana, Jeremiah and Tia Bronze medalists

Their Chinese language teacher, Mr. Mothershead, served as master of ceremonies for the event.

MACL is the first MPS program to offer instruction in Mandarin Chinese. Students in grades K4 through eight receive Mandarin language instruction for thirty minutes each day. This coursework also increases students’ global understanding of various Asian cultures and their influence on the global community.

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Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Board’s special and regular meetings of March 13, 18, and 27, 2014, were approved as printed.

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Reports of the Independent Hearing Officers of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Director Spence moved to accept the 29 reports of the Independent Hearing Officers of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors from March 25, 26, 28, and 31, 2014, and from April 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, 2014.

The motion to accept the reports prevailed, the vote being as follows:

Ayes—Directors Falk, Holman, Joseph, Miller, Sain, Spence, Zautke, and President Bonds—8.

Noes—Director Woodward—1.

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Reports of Standing Committees

Separate consideration was requested of the following items:

Student Achievement and School Innovation Committee, Item 8, an informational report and possible action on Persistently Low-Performing Schools Proposal; and

Accountability, Finance and Personnel Committee, Item 6, a resolution to proceed with the WisDOT 2014-2018 TAP Application for Safe Routes to Schools if awarded funding by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.


On the motion of Director Holman, the balance of the reports of the Standing Committees was approved, the vote being as follows:

Ayes—Directors Falk, Holman, Joseph, Miller, Sain, Spence, Woodward, Zautke, and President Bonds—9.

Noes—None.

Committee on Parent and Community Engagement

Director Woodward presented the following report for the Committee on Parent and Community Engagement:

TO THE BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS:

Your Committee on Parent and Community Engagement presents the following report:

(Item 1) Report on Communication 1314C-007 from Jose Trejo, Chair of the MTEA’s Bilingual/ELL Committee, Requesting a Hearing Regarding the Impact of Standardized Testing on English-language Learners

Background

On February 25, 2014, the Office of Board Governance received, via email, Communication 1314C-007 from Jose Trejo, Chair of the MTEA Bilingual/ELL Committee, requesting a hearing regarding the impact of standardized testing on English-language learners. At its regular meeting on February 27, 2014, the Board referred Communication 1314C-007 to the Committee on Parent and Community Engagement.

Your Committee reports having given hearing to Mr. Trejo and other interested parties.

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(Item 2) Report and Possible Action on Services Provided to Students with Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

Your Committee reports having received the following informational report from the Administration.



Background

LRE is one of the most significant components in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)-2004. It requires, to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities be educated with children who are not disabled. Special classes, separate schooling or removal of children with disabilities


from the regular educational environment occurs only when the severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes, with the use of supplementary aids and services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

The Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to ensuring that students with special needs are educated in environments with their non-disabled peers. The preference of the law is that students be educated using the general curriculum in the regular education classroom. Best practices and research strongly support education in the least restrictive environment (LRE), with access to the general curriculum, because it leads to high expectations and achievement outcomes for students with disabilities.

As part of its focus on increasing academic and behavioral outcomes for students with disabilities, the Department of Specialized Services has developed a plan of support to ensure that every child is receiving special education services in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The LRE Plan became part of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) in the 2011-12 school year, and all schools are required to complete. Within the plan, schools must identify a team to work on ways to include students with special education with their non-disabled peers, set a target goal, and include steps to reach that goal.

Fiscal Impact Statement

No Fiscal Impact

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(Item 3) Report and Possible Action on Parental Dispute Resolution System (PDRS) - Special Education Data



Your Committee reports having received the following informational report from the Administration.

Background

The Special Education Oversight Action Plan (SOAP) has three essential components, one of which is to provide parents with information and a parent-friendly system to encourage early resolution of parental concerns and complaints. The goal of the system is to allow for easy access to needed information regarding special education and other information regarding school-related topics.

The district has identified five days as the targeted period of time in which to resolve each PDRS-special education complaint. In order to support school leaders in accomplishing the five-day target for each PDRS complaint, Central Services staff members are notified immediately in order to offer support to address the complaints.

Oversight and follow-up is provided via a weekly report summary of unresolved complaints, which is forwarded to the Regional Directors of School Support and the Regional Coordinators of Specialized Services, with the expectation of immediate follow-up with the school leaders. The Department of Specialized Services (Equitable Education Opportunities Coordinator) also follows up and confirms that action has been taken.



Fiscal Impact Statement

No Fiscal Impact

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(Item 4) Report and Possible Action on District Parental Engagement Activities



Your Committee reports having received the following informational report from the Administration.

Background

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to increasing parental engagement throughout the district, and the Office of Family and Community Engagement will continue to assist schools with resources to:

• guide parental-engagement strategies and activities;

• guide parents who are interested in helping with parental engagement at their children’s schools; and

• provide tips for helping to increase student achievement and supporting children at home.

Activities to promote parental engagement during March 2014 included, were not limited to:

• Professional Development

The Region V Steering Committee is responsible for providing an annual conference for parents from Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Minnesota. The six states rotate to host the conference each year. For the 2014 conference, the host state was Michigan.

Milwaukee Public Schools continues to support the professional development and growth of its parents. Through district support, 60 parents and staff attended the conference held in Detroit, MI, on March 12-15, 2014. Attendees were given the opportunities to attend workshops and panel discussions on topics that included parental engagement, Common Core, current academic statistics, and best practices. They also visited schools within the Detroit Public Schools system.

• Parent Workshops

1. The Regional Coordinator of Specialized Services has arranged for a “Special Education 101” workshop. Over 20 percent of children in MPS receive special education services. Parents were informed on how to recognize if their children may be in need of services, the evaluation process, and the individualized education program or IEP. These sessions were offered at Washington and South Division.

2. The Black Health Coalition and Covering Kids agencies conducted workshops on the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA). The deadline for registration for the program was March 31. Parents received information regarding AHCA and one-on-one assistance in the enrollment process. State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa attended the Affordable Health Care information/enrollment session at South Division High School on March 17, 2014. More than 80 persons attended and had the opportunity to enroll in the program.

3. MPS is home to the nation’s largest concentration of students participating in the Positive Behavioral Interventions Supports (PBIS) program. Parents were instructed on the PBIS program and given strategies on how to implement these strategies at home.

Partnerships

MPS partners with many organizations on prevention, intervention and family engagement activities. Some of the highlights from our partnership in the HIP/HIPPY program with the Children’s Outing Association (COA) resulting in 846 families and 2270 participants at 10 schools.

Participation in family nights focused on:

• literacy

• health


• Big on Books

• Family Camp/social-emotional learning

• Communication through face-to-face interaction, S Alert Now, flyers, and phone calls.

In addition, 241 families and 277 children received in-home instruction in reading strategies. There were 798 home visits conducted and over 200 hours of volunteer service garnered to increase parental engagement in our schools.

• PTA

The PTA will begin implementing trainings in District Parent Centers and schools. PTA will use its district-wide network to attract parents. The training will focus on computer basics, with the follow-up trainings to focus on resume writing and soft job skills. PTA also is planning a Parent and Community Resource Fair to be offered at each District Parent Center.



Fiscal Impact Statement

No Fiscal Impact

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