Dear MPS Families,
Thank you for your continued support of Milwaukee Public Schools. This fall, we heard your
voice through a community survey and listening sessions. You shared your input about what
you wanted to see in your child’s education, and we listened. In response to feedback received,
on December 19, 2019, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors voted to pursue an $87 million
operational referendum question on the April 7, 2020 ballot to support your vision of a stronger
This investment will have a direct impact on your child’s educational experience. This increased
funding will enable us to attract and retain high-quality certified teachers, offer more career and
technical education programs, and expand art, music, physical education, and language
The operational referendum question will ask the city of Milwaukee voters to increase the
revenue limit for Milwaukee Public Schools. The estimated financial impact on property owners
would be approximately an additional $160 per $100,000 of assessed property value, but the
societal impact will be our sustained commitment to our future leaders and the success of our
This referendum can change the future for your child, and all MPS students. We will continue to
share information about the referendum and the many ways all MPS students will benefit from
this investment. Your input is needed to help prioritize possible referendum resource allocation
to best meet the needs of students. Give your input at mpsmke.com/survey.
Please feel free to share any additional feedback and questions with us at
For more detailed information about the referendum, please visit mpsmke.com/referendum.
Together we will build a better future for all of our students.
Dr. Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools