Tuesday, June 5, 2018
For the third year in a row, school and community leaders have come together to support increased summer learning for all students. A kickoff was held today that included MPS Interim Superintendent Keith P. Posley, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and Chief Academic Officer of Seton Catholic Schools William H. Hughes.
MPS is offering free Summer Academy during two sessions this summer: Early Academy, from June 4 to 29, and Traditional Academy, from July 2 to 27. All children who are city of Milwaukee residents are eligible. Child care is available at some sites. MPS also offers a number of camp experiences and dozens of recreation programs through the Milwaukee Recreation Department. These options allow students to catch up, get ahead, or just have fun learning in a safe environment.
Last year, the Hot Summer Milwaukee initiative led to an overall 11 percent increase in enrollment of summer programming and a 28 percent increase at the high school level. Policy changes this year should provide additional momentum. Those include expanding summer school to independent charter schools, increasing transportation reimbursement for summer education, streamlining summer payments for choice schools, and a $1.4 million grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for summer programs in Milwaukee Public Schools.
Milwaukee Public Schools Interim Superintendent Keith P. Posley shared his enthusiasm for this effort. “Milwaukee Public Schools is proud to be a leader in offering educational and recreational programs to young people throughout the year. Our summer is rich with academic programs that help students catch up, keep up, and get ahead. Recreational activities include opportunities that grow young people’s minds and strengthen their bodies.”