Dr. Luis Antonio (Tony) Báez, who was elected as the director of District 6 of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors in April 2017, has been extensively involved in public education. He has been a dean and vice-president/provost in two-year colleges; a staff and faculty member in a major research university (UW-Milwaukee); the administrator of two at-risk high schools; and the executive director of community-based organizations. Dr. Baez has trained educators, school principals, teachers, community members, and parents. Dr. Baez has been involved locally and nationally in bilingualism, multicultural education, diversity, dual-language education, adult learning, and ESL.
Dr. Baez has also been involved in major bilingual and desegregation litigation as a resource to community groups and plaintiffs. For the past 40+ years, he has been vigorously championed the equity and civil rights of Latinos and others locally and nationally, especially in areas of educational transformation, immigration, health, police-community relations, diversity, and civil rights.
Dr. Baez received the YWCA’s Racial Justice Award (1990, the A Choice Commitment to Justice Award (1995), the Excellence in Education Award from the Milwaukee Board of School Directors (1995), the State Superintendent’s Friend of Education Award (2013); the state’s Martin Luther King Heritage Award for Social Justice (2014); and the City of Milwaukee’s Frank P. Zeidler lifetime Public Service Award (2015). In 2010, the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education (WIABE) created the annual Tony Báez Leadership and Advocacy Award.