Bob Peterson

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Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson is a Milwaukee public school teacher and a founding editor of Rethinking Schools. He is associated with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.[1]

He is on the Editorial Board for Rethinking Schools.[2] He is married to Barbara Miner. Father of Caitlin Miner-Le Grand.

Forward Motion

In 1985 Bob Peterson, a Milwaukee 5th grade teacher, was a contributor to the issue of February/March issue of Forward Motion.

Bob Peterson, and Barbara Miner contributed an article to Freedom Road Socialist Organization's Forward Motion, January/February issue 1993 "In praise of pamphleteering." Peterson was a 5th grade teacher at La Escuela Fratney, in Milwaukee, and Rethinking Schools, Barbara Miner was also Rethinking Schools. Along with Bill Bigelow she co-edited Rethinking Columbus.


In 1994 Rukiya Dillahunt, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Bill Gallegos, Karega Hart, Ed Hunt, Jamala Rogers, Juliet Ucelli, Bob Peterson, Meizhu Lui were guest editors of the editorial collective of Forward Motion, the journal of Freedom Road Socialist Organization.[3]

In January 1995 Bob Peterson, Jamala Rogers, Meizhu Lui, Rukiya Dillahunt, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Bill Gallegos, Karega Hart, Ed Hunt, Juliet Ucelli were contributing editors to Forward Motion, the journal of Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

In 1996 Elly Leary, Bob Peterson, Meizhu Lui, Rukiya Dillahunt, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Bill Gallegos, Karega Hart, Ed Hunt, Scott Kurashige, Jamala Rogers were contributing editors to Forward Motion, the journal of Freedom Road Socialist Organization.[4]


FRSO Internal Bulletin 1988

In 1988 Bob Peterson, Chris Johnson, Robin Litman, Betsy May, Jim Ladwig, were on the Steering Committee of the Public Education Information Network. .

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Bob Peterson of Rethinking Schools signed the statement.[5]

Baldwin connection

Bob Peterson September 8 2018:


Evers connection

Bob Peterson September 24 ·


I was happy to support the next governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers at a fundraiser last night.

Let's get out the vote to dethrone Scott. Early voting started today (Monday, Sept. 24) — with Tony Evers.

Mandela Barnes connection

Jonathan Brostoff November 7 2018:


🌊🌊🌊 — with Bob Peterson and Mandela Barnes.

Jonathan Brostoff Angelina Cruz, Paul Spink, Chris Larson, Simeen V. Ganjbakhsh, Ben Rasmussen, Arvina Martin, Ashley Monroe-Edwards, Kimetha Johnson Justin Bielinski.

John Drew support

John Drew August 26 2018 near Milwaukee, WI ·


Honored to host fundraiser at our house today for Bob Peterson, a great candidate for city wide MPS School Board. — with Lauren Baker and Bob Peterson.

Gwen Moore endorsement


November 29 2018, Congresswoman Gwen Moore announced her endorsement of Bob Peterson for the citywide seat on the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors. Congresswoman Moore is the most recent addition to a growing list of public officials and community and educational leaders voicing support for Peterson’s candidacy.

Congresswoman Moore released this statement:

Bob Peterson has the experience and vision we need for our public schools. I am proud to endorse him as our next citywide school board director for MPS.
The children and families of MPS deserve a school board that will always put the interests of our communities first. For more than 30 years, Bob Peterson has walked that talk.

Bob is a veteran MPS teacher who first worked as a paraprofessional in a special program to ease racial tensions in schools during the court-ordered school desegregation in the late 1970s. He co-founded La Escuela Fratney, an MPS K-5 school that was the first two-way bilingual school in Wisconsin. He was Wisconsin’s Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1995. He was a co-founder of the Coalition to Stop the MPS Takeover and Schools and Communities United. He served as president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association from 2011-2015. He is a founding editor of the Milwaukee-based magazine Rethinking Schools, known internationally for its commitment to quality classroom teaching and educational opportunity for all.
Bob has worked tirelessly as an advocate for public education and social justice. I am honored to endorse him.[6]

Campaigning for Peterson


Nick Drew campaigned for Bob Peterson for School Board.

Milwaukee Teachers Education Association comrades

Julie Meyer September 32018:


With Deon Haith, Angela Harris, Bob Peterson, Crystal Ealy, Scott Polebitski, Weetza Kosmach and Alex Brower.

School board progressives

Joe Brusky April 2:

Today is Election Day! Vote to put these five on the MPS School Board! Our students need public education advocates ready to fight for them on day 1.


✓ Bob for MPS ✓ Marva for MPS ✓ Erika Siemsen for MPS District 2 ✓ Sequanna Taylor 4 School Board District 3 ✓ Megan O'Halloran for MPS District 8 — feeling confident with Bob Peterson, Sequanna Taylor, Erika Siemsen and Marva Herndon at Milwaukee Public Schools.

DSA support


Milwaukee Democratic Socialists of America supported Bob Peterson in his MPS race.

External links



  1. [ Public Schools Posted on Monday January 1st, 2001 by Freedom Road Socialist Organization]
  2. Staff contacts
  3. {Forward Motion 58,Summer 1994]
  4. {Forward Motion Winter 1996/97]
  5. Liberal Education website: Bill Ayers supporters
  6. [1]