GOP lawmakers want legislative auditors to review Milwaukee Public Schools’ finances

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Republicans astatine nan Wisconsin Capitol don’t want Gov. Tony Evers to discarded nan chance to get a bully look astatine Milwaukee Public Schools’ shortcomings.

Evers precocious called for an operational and an instructional audit of MPS.

“I’m proposing coming to spell 2 steps further pinch 2 important goals: nan first, to audit MPS’ programs and operations successful their entirety, and nan second, to audit nan effectiveness of school and instruction of our kids successful classrooms crossed nan district,” Evers said.

The governor, however, wants to support nan audit wrong his management and nan Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Tony Evers precocious called for an operational and instructional audit of Milwaukee Public Schools. Tony Evers precocious called for an operational and instructional audit of Milwaukee Public Schools. Getty Images for The Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said that’d beryllium a mistake.

“I’m gladsome that Gov. Evers has called for an audit of nan Milwaukee Public School System. Gov. Evers and DPI should activity pinch Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chairs [Eric] Wimberger and [Robert] Wittke to talk authorizing nan non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau to audit MPS, DPI and immoderate different progressive stakeholders,” LeMahieu said. “The LAB is much than tin of handling this important undertaking independently and transparently without nan usage of extracurricular contractors.”

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The interest is an audit controlled by nan governor’s agency will not afloat look into MPS’s shortcomings.

The calls for audits successful Milwaukee Public Schools travel aft nan authorities withheld astir $17 cardinal past week because of incomplete and precocious financial reports. One of those reports was owed to nan Department of Public Instruction successful September 2023.

The authorities withheld astir $17 cardinal past week because of incomplete and precocious financial reports.The authorities withheld astir $17 cardinal past week because of incomplete and precocious financial reports.

Evers has asked MPS leaders to beryllium a portion of immoderate audit process but warned that not everyone will beryllium invited.

“I besides person to opportunity – I’m exceedingly disappointed by nan politicking and jockeying I’ve seen since this business came to ray by opportunists who’re seizing this infinitesimal to service their ain selfish goals alternatively of worrying astir what matters most: our kids,” Evers added.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos took to societal media to impeach nan politician of being nan 1 who is playing politics.

“And who do you deliberation [Evers] will propose conducts nan audits?” Vos asked. “The aforesaid grounded DPI bureaucrats who allowed this to hap aliases his management who wanted to dismantle nan schoolhouse prime strategy truthful each kids were forced into this MPS mess? We request existent reforms to nan existent mentality wherever MPS has been protecting nan bureaucracy and Gov. Evers has been advocating for shoveling hundreds of millions of dollars into this surgery system.”


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