Dr. Tony Baez
Milwaukee Public School Board
Elected April 4, 2017
Dr. Báez has a doctorate from UW-Milwaukee in Urban Education with concentrations in Bilingual Education and school equity. Since the 1970’s, he has been involved in education in Milwaukee and nationally. He has also traveled to other countries to observe schools and understand better policies supporting children.
Dr. Báez has been a leader in bilingual and dual language education; he is one of the founders of the bilingual program in Milwaukee, and in many communities, nationally. He is among the national leaders advocating that this country is ready for multilingualism.
Because of his significant expertise in Latino issues and language education, he has been a keynote speaker and presenter in many national conferences. He has also been a college administrator, a professor and an author.
In the middle of the 1970’s he was a Parent Coordinator in MPS. He also was a coordinator in the National Origin Desegregation Assistance Center at UW-Milwaukee.
As an educator, Dr. Báez has taught many courses at UW-Milwaukee along with having served as Dean of Liberal Arts and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. Additionally, he was Dean of Faculty and Provost in Hostos Bilingual College in New York and most recently served as the Executive Director of Centro Hispano Milwaukee.
Three of his children graduated from MPS as well as one of his grandchildren; two are currently enrolled in MPS.
The Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education has a state award name after him - The Tony Báez Advocacy and Leadership Award.
In 2014 he was the recipient of the state’s Martin Luther King Heritage Award
In 2015, he was awarded the City’s Frank Zeidler, Public Service Award. And has been the recipient of many other awards and recognitions locally and nationally.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Dr. Baez was elected to represent the 6th district of the MPS board by earning 68% of the vote.