Monday, February 27, 2023
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson has proclaimed February 27–March 3, 2023 to be Public Schools Week in Milwaukee! The proclamation coincides with a nationwide observance to shine a spotlight on public education and the vital services public schools provide to the community.
“MPS is dedicated to preparing each student for success,” said Dr. Keith P. Posley, MPS Superintendent. “We offer rigorous curricula, as well as an extensive network of programs that prepare students for post-secondary education, career opportunities, and lifelong learning. The work we do benefits the entire community, providing a variety of resources to students, families and residents, including community partnerships and recreational opportunities.”
Milwaukee’s public school system was founded in 1846, with 14 schools by 1878. Early direction of the district was provided by the first school superintendent in Milwaukee, Rufus King. Currently, MPS educates nearly 70,000 students across 156 schools. The district offers coursework in areas such as agriculture, automotives, engineering, computer science, health science, culinary arts, finance, robotics, technology, and more.
At the heart of MPS are teachers, school staff, and district employees—approximately 10,000 individuals who customize learning opportunities and supports so each child can succeed. The district strives to provide equitable access for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Nine out of ten children in the nation attend a public school.
Throughout the city, MPS provides educational options across the school-age range including Head Start programs beginning at age 3, traditional kindergarten for 4- and 5-year-olds, Montessori programs, special needs support, gifted and talented offerings, language immersion, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and college and career readiness. In addition, MPS supports student needs with school counselors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, nutrition staff, librarians, parent coordinators, and more.
Join the celebration and celebrate Public Schools Week by sharing your story on social media; wearing your school gear or MPS colors (blue and gold); or thanking a teacher, principal, school staff member, coach, building engineer, or other MPS employee. Fans and alumni of MPS can make a gift to an MPS school or program through the MPS Foundation.
We are grateful to all MPS students, families, teachers, staff, and community supporters who are building the future of our community through education!