October 12, 2016

For Immediate Release


Senator Alberta Darling


Statement by State Senator Alberta Darling Regarding Improvement by Milwaukee Public Schools


Madison - On Wednesday, the co-chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling issued the following statement regarding improvement in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS).


"I want to congratulate Superintendent Driver for her leadership in moving MPS out of the "failing school district" category. This is great news for all of Milwaukee. It is also a validation that positive results are stemming from the tools we provided and the reforms we passed for MPS. There is still much work to be done. There are still too many kids falling through the cracks, but we are making positive progress. Now we need to build on this success.


My ultimate goal is a high-performing system of schools in Milwaukee where no drastic interventions are necessary. Improving the district-wide rating is a great start. Now we need to drive this improvement until every individual school is high performing and each child in Milwaukee is able to choose the school that best meets their needs and aspirations.


I applaud Dr. Driver's efforts and success in moving MPS out of the "failing school district" category. I look forward to continuing to work with MPS as we make strides to reach our goal of evolving the district into one that "significantly exceeds expectations."


Senator Darling represents portions of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties.