Know Your Rights

Petition Page Graphic-01Parents have a right to opt their children out of standardized tests

Join with Schools and Communities United and demand that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors inform MPS parents and guardians of their right to opt out of the Smarter Balanced (Badger Exam) standardized test for grades 4, 8, and 9-11. Sign the petition.

Legal differences between public and voucher schools

Schools in the voucher program are private schools. As a result, the do not have the same legal responsibility as public schools to educate all children.

For instance:

  • Voucher schools do not have to provide the same level of special education services
  • Voucher schools do not have to provide bilingual or English Language Learner Services
  • Voucher schools do not have to provide services for homeless children
  • Voucher schools do not have to hire certified teachers
  • Voucher schools can set their own criteria for expelling a student

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The Rights of Homeless Children

Under federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, public schools must ensure that homeless children have the same educational opportunities. School fees are waived, children are eligible for books and school supplies, for before-and-after school programs, and for free breakfast/lunch.

Perhaps the most important, whenever possible MPS provides transpiration so children can stay at their original school.

McKinney-Vento broadly defines homelessness to include families that are doubling up with relatives, or living in shelters, motels, or abandoned buildings. The law only applies to public schools, and private schools are not requires to provide such services.  learn more



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