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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Board of School Directors Committee on Strategic Planning and Budget voted unanimously on Thursday, December 15th to accept an early start calendar for high schools, middle schools and year-round schools and asked the administration to pursue further research on changing the K-8 elementary school calendar.

School officials say the early start calendar proposal is part of the district’s plan to improve outcomes for students.

While MPS schools are showing signs of growth and have moved up a grade in the state report card, officials say there is much work to do, particularly in high schools and middle schools:

  • The four-year high school graduation rate in MPS is 58.2 percent, compared to 88.4 percent statewide
  • Eighty-three of the district’s 158 schools remain on the state’s “Fails to Meet Expectations” or “Meets Few Expectations” list
  • The average ACT composite score in MPS is 16.5, versus 20.1 statewide

The change will affect 40 schools in the 2017-18 school year. The full board will vote on the resolution Thursday, Dec. 22 at its regular December board meeting.