Milwaukee Public Schools starts new school year

MILWAUKEE – Thursday, September 1 marks “Day One” for the majority of Milwaukee Public Schools’ 75,000-plus students in 158 schools across the city. MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver and members of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will be joined by Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to mark Day One for traditional calendar schools.

Sherman Multicultural Arts School hosted the district’s Day One celebration. Sherman is one of the four schools selected to participate in Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities. MPS is the only district in the state selected to receive Turnaround Arts intensive arts education resources and integration as a strategy to close the achievement gap.

“We are on a mission to ensure equity, access and opportunity for all of our students,” Dr. Driver said. “Partnerships like Turnaround Arts help us improve student achievement and provide greater access to arts programming.”

MPS’ areas of focus for the 2016-17 school year include: