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

Republicans on the Wisconsin Capitol don’t want Gov. Tony Evers to waste the possibility to get an excellent take a look at Milwaukee Public Schools’ shortcomings.

Evers just lately known as for an operational and an educational audit of MPS.

“I’m proposing today to go two steps further with two important goals: the first, to audit MPS’ programs and operations in their entirety, and the second, to audit the effectiveness of teaching and instruction of our kids in classrooms across the district,” Evers stated.

The governor, nonetheless, needs to maintain the audit inside his administration and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Tony Evers recently called for an operational and instructional audit of Milwaukee Public Schools.
Tony Evers just lately known as for an operational and educational audit of Milwaukee Public Schools. Getty Images for The Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu stated that’d be a mistake.

“I’m glad that Gov. Evers has called for an audit of the Milwaukee Public School System. Gov. Evers and DPI should work with Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chairs [Eric] Wimberger and [Robert] Wittke to discuss authorizing the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau to audit MPS, DPI and any other involved stakeholders,” LeMahieu stated. “The LAB is more than capable of handling this important undertaking independently and transparently without the use of outside contractors.”

The fear is an audit managed by the governor’s workplace won’t absolutely look into MPS’s shortcomings.

The requires audits in Milwaukee Public Schools come after the state withheld practically $17 million final week due to incomplete and late monetary reviews. One of these reviews was due to the Department of Public Instruction in September 2023.

The state withheld nearly $17 million last week because of incomplete and late financial reports.
The state withheld practically $17 million final week due to incomplete and late monetary reviews.

Evers has requested MPS leaders to be part of any audit course of however warned that not everybody might be invited.

“I also have to say – I’m exceedingly disappointed by the politicking and jockeying I’ve seen since this situation came to light by opportunists who’re seizing this moment to serve their own selfish goals instead of worrying about what matters most: our kids,” Evers added.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos took to social media to accuse the governor of being the one who’s enjoying politics.

“And who do you think [Evers] will suggest conducts the audits?” Vos requested. “The same failed DPI bureaucrats who allowed this to happen or his administration who wanted to dismantle the school choice system so all kids were forced into this MPS mess? We need real reforms to the current mentality where MPS has been protecting the bureaucracy and Gov. Evers has been advocating for shoveling hundreds of millions of dollars into this broken system.”

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