Milwaukee Public Schools educates all students for success in higher education, careers and responsible citizenship so that MPS is the first choice for families.
Milwaukee Public Schools will be among the highest-performing urban public school districts in the country, providing rigorous, high-quality learning opportunities for students. Schools will enable lifelong learning among students, families, educators and other staff focused on continuous improvement. Teaching will be child-centered, based on research-proven methods, and aligned to high academic standards; it will meet the learning needs of individual students. The district, its schools, and its employees will be accountable for measurable gains in student achievement.
Schools will be safe centers of community activity that are welcoming, well maintained, and accessible. Children will be provided maximum educational opportunities to become responsible citizens who make positive contributions to their communities. The district and its schools will strengthen partnerships with families and those in the community who influence and affect students and families.
- Children come first.
- The classroom is the most important place in the district.
- Leadership and accountability are keys to our success.
- Central Services supports student achievement.
- Families are valuable partners.
- Community partnerships add value.
Adopted July 26, 2007
General Governance Commitment
On behalf of the people of the city of Milwaukee, the Board will govern the Milwaukee Public Schools with a strategic perspective continually improving its process and capability to express values and vision.
Accordingly, the Board shall develop a strategic plan for a specified time period, including a mission statement, goals, objectives and accountability measures. The Board's strategic plan guides the process for implementing the school district's overall improvement plan for the twenty-first century.
In all matters of planning governance and accountability, the Board shall recognize its responsibility to the citizens of the City of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin to use all funds for the greatest possible effect in fulfilling Board goals of student achievement and equity.