Neighborhood Schools Initiative – The Neighborhood Schools Initiative is beneficial to students, parents, neighborhoods and taxpayers. Neighborhood schools provide parents the opportunity to be more involved in their child's education. Significant savings due to reduced transportation results from students attending schools within walking distance from their homes. In addition, the Neighborhood Schools Initiative will lead to citizens becoming involved, caring neighbors as well as increasing pride and concern for one's community.
Regular Visits to MPS Schools – Mayor Barrett believes the best way to remain connected to the community is going out and listening to citizen opinions and concerns. This belief is reflected in his regular visits to Milwaukee's public schools. Mayor Barrett visits two to three schools per month. During these visits he meets with principals and teachers and encourages students to follow the rules and continue working hard in school.
Collaboration for Educational Excellence – Mayor Barrett recognizes the extraordinary, but essential task of providing an excellent education to all 105,000+ students that are currently enrolled in Milwaukee public schools. The entire community must be engaged in this process for Milwaukee's children to receive a top-rate education. Therefore, the Mayor has sought advice and assistance from business, religious and community organizations. In addition, Mayor Barrett is a member of the Milwaukee Partnership Academy – an organization that seeks to improve the education of children through better preparation, recruitment and retention of teachers for urban schools.