Should Government Schools Use Taxpayer Money to Spread the Message of Activist Groups?
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) have proposed a 2017 budget that will allocate nearly a half a million tax dollars towards activist group Black Lives Matter, Milwaukee talk radio station AM1130 WISN reports.
The budget details were published in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel newspaper on Wednesday. The proposition does not give any justification for the request of $471,073.
However, insight on how funds will be used might be seen in the 2015 MPS Black Lives Matter Resolution, which was co-authored by UW-Milwaukee Professor Robert Smith and MPS District Vice President and MPS board member Larry Miller, as evidenced on Miller’s blog.
The resolution calls for “implementing the lessons of the Black Lives Matter movement, the working group is focusing on teaching and learning, along with restorative practices. Professional development training is being planned to be carried out this summer to prepare for implementing in classrooms and schools for this Fall.”
The agenda also includes a plan to expand education courses and policies around the organization. The resolution proposes that “the district create an advisory council—of community, parents, educators, and students– to assist in reviewing, strengthening and creating curriculum and policy related to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.”
WISN Talk show host Dan O’Donnell points out that “it is interesting that the district plans to spend nearly as much on this organization as it plans to spend on College Access Centers, Universal Driver Education, and Advanced Studies of World Languages.”
So far, MPS is the only known case of a public school attempting to allocate funds towards furthering the agenda of the controversial activist group Black Lives Matter.
The organization receives millions of dollars of indirect funding from billionaire George Soros, who was at the center of much controversy when unpaid protesters started the #CutTheCheck movement after being stiffed by ACORN – who hired people to protest in Ferguson, Washington Times reports.
MORE is the re-branded Missouri branch of ACORN, who paid protesters as much as $5,000 a month to demonstrate in Ferguson.
A hearing will be held by the a Milwaukee board of school directors on May 24th in the auditorium of the Central Services Building at 5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, May 24th, at 6:30 pm.