Opportunity Schools Partnership Program Commissioner Demond Means announcedhis resignation Wednesday, citing the inability to forge a “collaborative partnership” with Milwaukee Public Schools.
State Rep Dale Kooyenga, an author of the OSPP law, said in a statement released after Means’ resignation that he appreciated Means’ efforts to improve underperforming schools in Milwaukee. “It is unfortunate that the powers of the status quo were so resistant to working with a man who cares so deeply and has so much to give to the educational community in Wisconsin,” Kooyenga said.
Brett Healy, president of the John K. MacIver institute for Public Policy, said in a statement that Means’ resignation should be “a wake-up call” to Wisconsin that MPS is not serious about fixing its failing schools.
“Dr. Means expressed his frustration over the increasingly adversarial attitudes he encountered in his resignation statement and that kids weren’t the top priority. We wholeheartedly agree,” Healy said. “Rather than working together with the good-faith OSPP effort to give Milwaukee children a better shot at success, MPS and the teachers’ union have thrown one temper tantrum after another.”
“It is clear that the so-called adults running MPS are unwilling to put the 28,000 children trapped in failing schools in their district above their own interests,” Healy said.