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Lawmakers Looking To Finalize Bill To Give Milwaukee Mayor Control Of Schools


MILWAUKEE (WRN) - Milwaukee legislators were expected to announce the final draft Monday of a bill to give the mayor control of the Milwaukee Public Schools. Senate Democrats Tim Carpenter, Lena Taylor, and Jeff Plale said they endorsed the new measure – as did Representatives Jason Fields and Pedro Colon. The bill would let the mayor hire and fire the superintendent. There would still be a school board, but its authority would be much more limited. Among other things, it could advise the superintendent on instructional matters. And the board could review the annual school budget, but could not change it once administrators draft it. The Milwaukee School Board would still have full powers to expel students and give related punishment. The bill was not considered with other educational measures last week. Governor Jim Doyle has talked about calling a special session to pass the Milwaukee changes before the start of next year.