Posley offers ’22-’23 budget, with referendum spending on arts, music

As Milwaukee Public Schools leaders write the budget for the next school year, the pressure is high. 

Just a couple of months ago, most of the state’s lawmakers voted to dissolve the district. It was saved, for now, by the governor’s veto pen. 

Meanwhile, the district has been losing students at an alarming rate to private schools and other competitors, in a city where the population of school-age children is declining on the whole. MPS expects to lose another 1,000 students next year, after losing more than 6,000 the past two years, for a projected enrollment of 67,500 students. 

Teachers are also breaking away from the district, or away from the profession altogether, as the expectations become overwhelming and the pay fails to keep pace with other job options.

Anita Shire

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