The MICAH Education Task Force pursues the mission of making a quality education available to all children in the city of Milwaukee. Protecting public education is of the highest importance to us. We support equal, public accountability for all Wisconsin schools, while recognizing the immense value of public education in preserving democracy and freedom. We aim to accomplish our goals by encouraging grassroots engagement of our communities, congregations, and partner organizations.
Recent MICAH Education Task Force accomplishments include:
- Identifying and bringing new and diverse members to the task force. We are inviting members of all congregations and the general public to become part of rebuilding strong community relationships, eliciting the voices of parents and the community, and impacting the lives of all of our children through supporting exemplary educational processes.
- Actively partnering with community organizations sharing our vision. We are partners with Schools and Communities United (a coalition of more than 25 groups and organizations supporting public education in Milwaukee), with Milwaukee City Council of PTAs, the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership and Milwaukee Succeeds.
- Hosting the well-attended MPS School Board Candidate Forum in March 2017 at St. Matthew CME; partnering with Schools and Communities United, Milwaukee City Council of PTAs and ACLU Wisconsin.
- Continuing support of the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership, including active participation as a community partner, as well as active partnering with Hopkins-Lloyd Community School.
- Conducting a series of community listening sessions at MICAH congregations with the goal of eliciting community feedback and increasing public engagement regarding public education in Milwaukee.
MICAH Education Task Force Goals for 2017, aligned with the Gamaliel Transformational Narrative:
Build people’s control of government:
- MICAH Education Task Force will continue to actively support the community schools model in MPS by engaging parents, students and neighborhoods in building power. The Task Force will continue to commit members to serve in an advisory capacity with the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership between the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County and Milwaukee Public Schools. We will continue to nurture and develop our partnership with Schools and Communities United in support of their goal to advocate for the community school model in Milwaukee Public Schools.
- MICAH Education Task Force will continue to develop, support and nurture congregational-school partnerships, through encouraging task-force and congregational membership in individual School Governance Councils.
- MICAH Education Task Force will continue to sponsor a Milwaukee Board of School Directors candidate forum every two years, inviting all school board candidates.
- MICAH Education Task Force will continue to have at least one member on the Schools and Communities Steering Committee.
Create Structural Racial Equity:
MICAH Education Task Force will actively pursue actions to expand the voice of parents and the community in the development of equity policies and practices by MPS administration and the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.
Expand the public sphere:
MICAH Education Task Force will continue to actively support the community schools model in MPS, as community schools work to expand the availability of public services for our students.
- MICAH Education Task Force will actively pursue actions to expand the voice of parents and the community in decision-making by MPS administration and the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.
Build community control of the economy:
MICAH Education Task Force will continue to develop, nurture and support congregational-school partnership efforts which will build capacity in these communities to contribute to and to help develop local economies.
To get involved, please contact co-chair Jane Audette by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 414-763-3801. Join our task force meeting on every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Reformation Lutheran office, 3806 W Lisbon Ave, Milwaukee