MPS 'Black Lives Matter' budget item discussed

Posted at 10:31 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 11:17:51-04

MILWAUKEE -- An item on Milwaukee Public Schools' budget for the 2016-2017 school year is stirring controversy.  The district is proposing nearly a half million dollars go towards a Black Lives Matter initiative.

"I'm here to support the Black Lives Matter funding proposed in the MPS budget," said Melissa Temple.

Most of the people in attendance at a Tuesday meeting showed up to speak up or hold up a sign, letting school board members know they want them to spend $471,073 on the Black Lives Matter-related initiatives.

"There are some things that need to be addressed, but I have supported that resolution since it was introduced. I support it now I think that funding it is a sound idea," voiced Angela Walker.

Milwaukee Public Schools say funding isn't going to any Black Lives Matter organization. The money would pay for three social studies teachers and staff development training for other employees. 

Most people in attendance in spoke in favor of allotting money to restorative practices efforts, and developing a cultural studies curriculum, but not everyone is on the same page.

"It's a lot of garbage. You know why it's a lot of garbage, because the system hasn't dealt with getting remedies for years," expressed Ross Torsred.

The board will vote on the 2016-2017 proposed budget Thursday.