Wisconsin DPI issues updates on Opportunity Schools Partnership Program


Today the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction sent a letter to the school districts notifying them of their status of participation in the Wisconsin GOP formed Opportunity Schools Partnership Program (OSPP).

Milwaukee Public Schools, which in the middle of heated debates last year about failing schools and conversations about becoming a “turnaround district” and schools being “taken over,” by a private entity or charters.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction said that based on their report card performance, MPS or any other Wisconsin school district no longer is required to participate in the program for the 2016-2017 school year.

OnMilwaukee.com reports:

Milwaukee Public Schools is no longer required to participate in the Opportunity Schools and Partnership program, according to a letter released today by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The letter issued today informed MPS it will not have to participate in the program because the district is no longer in the bottom category in the state school report card. Only school districts in the lowest category of the state report card for two consecutive years are required to participate in OSPP. (NOTE: No districts are required to participate this year, according to DPI.)

MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver, Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Mark Sain and Vice President Larry Miller, will be available to speak to the media at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 12 at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St., Room 103.

For more on DPI’s letter, visit OnMilwaukee.com.