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Road to Referendum

Road to Referendum

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Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about the MPS referendum.

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to providing the best education for every child in our city. This fall, we asked you for your feedback on what is needed to make MPS the best for all of our students via survey and listening sessions. In response to the feedback received, on December 19, 2019, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors voted to pursue a $87 million operational referendum question on the April 7, 2020 ballot.

This vital investment is needed to provide the resources our students require so they can optimize their potential and successfully compete in our ever-changing world. This increased funding will enable us to attract and retain high-quality certified teachers, offer more career and technical education programs, and expand art, music, physical education, and language programs.

Over the next several months, you will hear a lot about the April 7, 2020 election and the district’s operational referendum. We will continue to engage and share information about this process.

Please feel free to share your feedback and questions with us at

Together we can build a better future for all of our students.

Below you will find the latest information about the operational referendum:

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