Why the recall?
Our voices are not being listened to or heard at this time. We have no choice but to stand up. Please watch an overview of why the MTSD School Board Recall is taking place.
The Mequon Thiensville School District in their proposed 2021/22 budget is again calling for an increase in both the tax levy and cost per student.
The 2021/22 budget proposes increasing the tax levy to $43.9 million up from $37.8 million just five years ago. Combined with a 4% decline in resident enrollment, total cost per resident student will rise from $10,490 in the 2015/16 school year to $12,700 in 2021/22, a 21.1% increase.
Over the same period MTSD has seen a decline in academic performance as measured by School Board approved metrics. Kindergarten through second grade reading proficiency declined 12%, college readiness declined 15%, and post-secondary success factors declined 17% (milestones 1, 4, and 7).
Statewide, ninth and tenth graders take the ACT Aspire and results are published on the Department of Public Instruction’s website (wisedash.dpi.wi.gov) for the school years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019. MTSD freshman and sophomores taking the ACT Aspire in 2014-2015 included 603 students, and in 2018-2019 included 633 students. Among the metrics provided by the assessment, the “Readiness Level” is available for the subject areas reading, English, math, and science. In all four subject areas, the percentage of students ranking as “needs support” increased. In all four subject areas, the percentage of students ranking as “exceeds” and “ready” decreased.
From 2016-2021 total MTSD tax levy has risen from $37.8M to $43.9M with an increase per student of 21.1%. Over the same period, MTSD early reading success has dropped from 95% of students to 81%. ACT benchmark attainment has dropped from 52% of students to 46% & student engagement has dropped from 71% to 58%. We need representatives that are ready to tackle big issues with a fresh perspective. The events of the past year have brought to light a series of disconnected decisions on the part of the school board, dealing with topics such as student health, social-emotional wellness, the right to privacy and curriculum.
Now more than ever, being organized and informed is imperative to achieving lasting change. The following data sheets and infographics have been retrieved through general research and Freedom of Information Act requests, organized and made downloadable by our group for your convenience.
Due to privacy concerns we can not offer a downloadable PDF of our recall petition; however, if you are interested in signing and circulating petition sheets to help us raise awareness and collect signatures, please email us using the form below and we will get back to you promptly with instructions and resources.