Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Milwaukee School Board Considers “Student Bill of Rights”

On Thursday, March 22nd at 5:30pm the Legislation Rules and Policies Committee of the Milwaukee Public School Board will be considering passage of a “Student Bill of Rights” drafted by students of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), the student arm of Voces de la Frontera which uses the clenched fist often seen in the Madison protests.

Some of the provisions of the Student Bill of Rights include:

“Students have the right to organize and have a voice in their school.”

“Student representatives should be included in any decision-making that significantly affects the student body.”

“Students have a right to a school environment where all teachers and staff have the right to collectively bargain.”

“Students who are in the process of learning English deserve access to their school’s curriculum with support in their native language.”

They promote that there should be “equal power dynamics in the classroom and expectations applied equally to both students and adults”.

You may read the full “Student Bill of Rights” here .

This Thursday, March 22nd 5:30pm meeting of this MPS Committee is open to the public.  The meeting will take place at the MPS Administration Building, 5225 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee.

MPS Board Members sitting on this Committee include:  Peter Blewett, Meagan Holman, Michael Bonds, Terrance Falk, and Jeff Spence.

To contact the MPS Board you may call (414) 475-8284.  For individual numbers and contacts you may use this link .