Monday, June 21, 2010

MPS Schedules Full Board Vote on Arizona Boycott

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has released their agenda for the School Board meeting Thursday, June 24th. Included on the agenda is the resolution (read June 15th post below) to launch a boycott of Arizona over their passage and enforcement of immigration laws designed to curb illegal immigration. (By the way “illegal” means something that is prohibited by law). As of this writing, it is # VIII, Section D, Number 1 on the agenda:
http://mpsportal.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_65012_0_0_18/100624RBnotice.pdf

The “Be It Resolved” Section is modified as follows:

COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION
Your Committee recommends that the Board adopt the following resolution in lieu of
1011R-003:
BE IT RESOLVED, That, until Arizona rescinds SB1070 and HR 2281, or the laws
are otherwise ruled to be unenforceable, the Board direct the MPS
administration, to the extent practicable and not in conflict with the law, to:
1. refrain from entering into any new or amended contracts to purchase
goods or services from any company that is headquartered in Arizona;
2. not send MPS employees to conferences or meetings being held in
Arizona; and
3. review existing contracts for the purchase of goods and services with
companies headquartered in Arizona and to discontinue those
contracts, consistent with the terms of those contracts and utilizing
principles of fiscal responsibility; and
4. where no alternatives are available, an exception my be provided for
purchases necessary to support existing programs or curricula within
MPS; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors urges the
district’s US Senators and Congress members to advance and support
comprehensive federal immigration-reform legislation that respects the dueprocess
protections of all individuals in the United Stares and provides a
path so people have the opportunity to become citizens; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution is to effective immediately upon the
Board’s approval.
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At the Committee hearing last week, all Committee members present supported the proposed boycott resolution. The full board meets Thursday, June 24th at 6:30pm at 5225 West Vliet Street. You may contact the MPS Board of Governance at (414) 475-8284 or via email at: governance@milwaukee.k12.wi.us .

SPECIAL NOTE: WVCY-TV (Milwaukee Channel 30) will air the Public Hearing from last week’s committee meeting regarding the AZ boycott on Tuesday, June 22nd from 7:00-9:00pm and again on Wednesday, June 23rd from Noon to 2pm.