The Shorewood School Board has endorsed a rally supporting public education in Wisconsin.
The march and rally, called Public Education is a Civil Right, will be held on Sept. 21 in Milwaukee. Shorewood School Board members passed a resolution Tuesday night formally endorsing the rally and encouraging students, staff, administration and parents to participate.
“Access to a quality education is an important stepping stone for success,” Board President Rob Reinhoffer said. “We believe all children should have access to quality public schools.”
Although the resolution encourages participation by students, staff, administration and parents, the District is not requiring any employees or students to attend the event, nor will staff members that attend be paid for taking part, Reinhoffer added.
According to the event's Facebook page, the rally will demand public officials:
- Fully fund public schools
- Keep a strong taxpayer voice in school governance
- Stop privatization of public education
- Hold voucher schools accountable
- Require quality physical infrastructure for all schools
Shorewood is not the only area school district supporting the rally. The Greenfield School Board passed a similar resolution, and employee groups from around the region, including Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Madison, and Middleton, have also signed on to sponsor the event.
The Public Education is a Civil Right March/Rally will begin at the Milwaukee School of the Arts, located at 2300 W. Highland, at 10:30 a.m. on September 21. Participants will then march to Forest Home Avenue School, located at 1516 W. Forest Home, where a rally will take place at 1 p.m.