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2024 School Support Referendum

Directing Resources to MPS Students

MPS has been investing in students, and we are seeing results. In 2020, Milwaukee voters gave students greater access to art, music, career and technical education programs, physical education, and enhanced wellness. Here’s how that support has made a difference for children.

The 2020 Referendum


MPS students MusicMusic

  • 92% of students now have music classes, up from 19% in 2018-19.
  • 57 more schools have music programming.
  • 90 schools have new musical instruments and equipment.

MPS Music Investment Fact Sheet (English /Spanish)


MPS Student ArtVisual Arts

  • 52 art educator positions have been added.  
  • All MPS students now have art class at least once a week.
  • 56 schools have increased their art education offerings.

MPS Art Investment Fact Sheet (English /Spanish)

MPS Student in PLTW LabCareer and Technical Education

  • Seven technical education and computer science educator positions have been added.  
  • Facilities have been modernized and expanded to better prepare students for careers, such as Bradley Tech’s weld shop and Washington High School’s main computer lab.
  • More updates are coming, including a new culinary arts lab at Bay View High School.

MPS StudentPhysical Education

  • 32 physical education teacher positions have been added.
  • 57 schools increased student access to sports, physical education classes, and wellness activities.
  • Students now have physical education weekly in most schools.

Wellness at MPS SchoolsExpanded Health and Wellness

  • Every student has access to a school nurse.
  • 15 school social workers have been added for more services across MPS.
  • School psychologists are able to offer extra support where needed.

MPS Wellness Investment Fact Sheet (English /Spanish)

A summary of these investments through June 2024 is available in the 2023-24 Referendum Supplement.

ESSER Funding

MPS has successfully used one-time federal emergency funds to support students since 2020. These funds were allocated according to federal requirements and extensive input from the community. Details about how these funds were used to support academic initiatives, student physical and mental health, and facility upgrades is available here:

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