For immediate action in our state, I propose the following initiatives. The necessary steps needed to pursue these suggestions are to be taken by all stakeholders committed to improving the quality of life in our communities. This means all citizens; elected officials at every level and in particular the governor and legislature; business, civic, religious, and community leaders in urban and rural areas; public and private education institutions and their leaders; and philanthropists:
"A new ten-year initiative that provides four-year undergraduate scholarships at public and private colleges and universities for recruiting and educating 200 new teachers every year. Upon graduation each new teacher will be employed by the Milwaukee Public School system for a period of five years. During every school year and in the summer these teachers will participate in professional development activities conducted jointly by MPS and the institutions that granted their degrees. This will require committed support from MPS and our universities, but would give back many folds the effort it requires."

This is an excerpt from "Bassam's Call to Action," first appearing in Wisconsin People & Ideas, Vol. 55, No. 2, Spring 2009.

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