Milwaukee stonewalling sales of unused schools, law firm says

Monday, September 9, 2013

A complete failure. That’s how the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty rates the City of Milwaukee’s policy of giving Milwaukee Public Schools the authority to sell or lease the district’s unused school buildings.

Beyond the failing grade, WILL, a conservative, public interest law firm based in Milwaukee, asserts the school district is playing “shell games” and the city is violating the spirit of a 2011 state law that gave Milwaukee the power to move idle buildings.

“Our report shows that MPS is preventing numerous charter schools and private schools in the choice program from purchasing empty, unused school buildings. In doing so, they are directly blocking thousands of children from attending a nearby, high-performing school,” said C.J. Szafir, WILL’s education policy director in a statement released Thursday.

“And the City – by ignoring its power to sell these buildings under Act 17 – is equally culpable.”

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