Sen. Tim Carpenter says he wants to force a debate on mayoral control of Milwaukee Public Schools, and he tried to get his point across with a procedural move during Tuesday’s Senate floor session.
The Milwaukee Dem threw a wrench in the early proceedings when he objected to Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker’s request for unanimous consent to adjourn the ongoing special session to deal with MPS control.
That forced a vote of the body to adjourn the special session until Thursday. The motion passed 29-2 with Carpenter and Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee and a co-sponsor of legislation to give the mayor control of the district, voting no.
Gov. Jim Doyle called the session last year with the hopes of getting the Legislature to take up the MPS bill, but the Senate has shown no signs of taking it up. The Assembly moved to adjourn the special session earlier this year.
"I want to be able to have a debate on MPS," Carpenter said. "I don’t want to bury it."