Madison Needs To Elect Intelligent People In Spring Primary–Regardless of Race

CAFFEINATED POLITICS

I have been rather taken aback by the allowance of a narrative gaining traction in Madison that we are a racially divided city.  Listening to some of the candidates running for mayor, or those who have hopes for the school board, would have us think we are just shy of having drinking fountains being labeled by race in this place we call home.   We are told that to show true leadership concerning issues of race requires minority candidates prevailing at the ballot box.

This blog has not been shy to cast light on those who pedal racism, or use bigotry to run races, or shape public policy.  This blog has also been very supportive to the high calling of those who seek office and work with gusto to make a difference through the electoral process.   I champion those who use their civics education to make a positive difference.  I am…

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‘Parents want to know their children are safe’

Only Blaska has fought to keep police in our troubled high schools

Yet the issue STILL remains undecided!

No other candidate has spoken up!

The Wisconsin State Journal Sunday morning repeated a statistic that Blaska has been emphasizing throughout this campaign for Safer Schools = a Safer Community. 

A net difference of 804 Madison students have opted to escape Madison public schools for suburban public schools — costing the Madison school district $5.67 million in state aid. These are kids who live IN Madison but bus to surrounding ring public school districts.

Madison school board is driving kids

and $$$ out of the school district

My opponents would lock the door to prevent these families from choosing safer schools. Blaska wants to improve Madison schools so that these families CHOOSE to stay home. Here is what the WI State Journal said Sunday (02-17-19):

WI State Journal masthead

The Madison School Board’s long, tiring and damaging debate over whether to keep a single police officer in each of the city’s four main high schools is part of the problem. Given the scary number of school shootings across the nation, parents want to know their children are safe. One armed and highly trained officer in each high school is easily justified and reassuring — especially given the high caliber of school resource officers, all of whom are black or Latina.

Madison must do a better job of convincing parents that, in the interest of helping struggling and in some cases disruptive students, the district won’t sacrifice the overall educational environment for the vast majority of young people of all backgrounds who are behaving in class and want to learn.

Madison is holding a primary election for three School Board seats on Tuesday. Then the important discussion about K-12 education in Madison and across Wisconsin will intensify as voters prepare for the April 2 election.

No other candidate has fought for police in schools

Only David Blaska has fought the social justice warriors to keep police (school resource officers) in our troubled high schools. As The Capital Times reported:

In recent months, Blaska has also pushed for the recent SRO contract to be renewed and has gone toe-to-toe with the social justice group Freedom Inc. at School Board meetings on the need for keeping police officers in the city’s four high schools.


Safer Schools = a Safer Community

Visit: www.blaskaforsaferschools.org

Blaska for Safer Schools
P.O. Box 44663
Madison WI 53744-4663

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‘We pulled our kids out, too’

Rather than improve Madison schools,
Tuesday’s school board candidates would slam shut the exits

When your congenial yet irascible host first ran for public office way back in 1994, on-line social media consisted of BBS bulletin boards accessible by dial-up modems (BRR-BUZZ-Beep Beep!), run by dweebie kids in their basement. But Blaska for Safer Schools is waging our campaign on Facebook, big time, and hoping young Zuckerberg plays fair.

Do visit my facebook page. Here are a smattering of the comments we have received since Friday morning:


Teacher suffers traumatic brain injury

Jennifer Drake Figy  My husband’s 20+ year career started and ended at [Sherman middle school] due to a student’s physical violence against him. Amazing what a traumatic brain injury can do to a person! (Student slammed the classroom door on my husband’s head.)

Lisa Walton — Nowhere is [Blaska] saying beat the kids or anything like that. … Madison schools don’t believe in discipline at all because they’re too afraid of offending someone. They think talking can solve all problems. One of the many reasons we pulled our kids out, too.

John Easterday — It is a given one cannot provide mental health treatment in an unsafe environment. The same applies to schools. One needs a safe environment to teach and to learn.

Tobias Alastor Phoenix — I do expect the school to discipline them as students if they misbehave. Disciplining is the job of the parents. It does seem parents have done a poor job in disciplining kids though. Either way, many families and children suffer and behave due to all kinds of reasons, and they need help.

If it ain’t working …?

Linda MccartWhat happened to holding kids responsible for their behavior? Who let things get completely out of control? In most places when one discovers something isn’t working, one changes course.

Jill CernigliaMy grandson was so bullied there he had to be escorted from the car to door and after school. He is no longer at the school and lives out of Madison. Thank God. We need someone that is going to take care of the violence in our schools. It is sad that the schools and the decisions of not making kids responsible for their actions has lead to have this kind of discussion.

Scott McNeill — This type of behavior, if left unchecked, will make these kids LESS employable. In the long run, this policy hurts teaching professionals, kids themselves. I want ALL kids employable and to succeed in whatever they choose. Starts with a safe environment with accountability.

Margaret Savides Benbow — … I won’t be voting for Blaska. But he is correct that after the adoption of the Behavior Education Plan, which did away with consequences for violent student behavior, there was a huge upswing in violent and unsafe incidents. This included bullying classmates, attacking teachers, loudly disrupting lessons and attempts to study and learn. Nobody is saying that the solution is beating kids with a board.

At the very least, the so-called BEP should be abandoned as the failure it is and former standards of behavior and consequences should prevail. And this should happen as soon as possible.

Pam Jackson — Children should be taught respect in the home, and reinforced in the school. Not enough parents take the time to be involved in their child’s education plan, expecting the teachers to do their job for them. Madison Public Schools has turned soft to discipline or any other deterrent of bad behavior due to standing lawsuits from lazy parents. They are afraid of discrimination lawsuits as well. This should not be the case.

Parents need to take more responsibility for their children’s education and behavior, and not place the blame of failure elsewhere. I see how these children act in school, on the bus, the library, and in the mall. Although it is not my child acting out, I am embarrassed to be in the presence of some of these teens in Madison.

Vote for safety in schools

JeannieCampbell  Children need to know they can be sad and/ or angry and helped to develop some techniques to help self calm and manage those strong emotions and stand up to peer pressure.

But they also need to know that if they rip up a bulletin board, verbally disrespect a teacher or fellow student or staff member or steal or fight there will be consequences and they will not be pleasant. In school suspension and loss of privileges and staying after school and the like should be available as options for educators to use with their students as mich as mindfulness and yoga training, because unfortunately some children need to have the stick while others respond better to the carrot.

James R Sawchuk — Sounds like the system needs a complete overhaul.

Susan Gregory TitusVote for safety in schools. Vote David!

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But the enablers had their say, too

Because it is social media, the Ali Muldrow supporters flooded the zone.  

Jocelyne Rodriguez — Fuck the Madison Police. Racist fuck.

Elizabeth Mannering — Take your privilege and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine, Dave.

Merideth JoAnne Fetting — You’re nothing but a sick, twisted, old racist.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Those last three “ladies” elected the current school board. Can we put the brakes on this imminent train wreck? Visit my web page at www.blaskaforsaferschools.org and drop some coins in the collection plate.

Add your voice to the debate on my Facebook page. And vote Tuesday, February 19. 

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Kids hijack cars, crash into woman; Madison liberals laugh

Hit & Run causing injury?
Liberal says: “LMAO!”

Do not under-estimate the racist hate boiling within so many of our Madison liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances. Here is the reaction of one of them to a woman injured by teen carjackers:


Car jacking injury laughter

Note the “smiley face” from one Merideth JoAnne Fetting


Madison liberal (link here) to injured victim of a teenage car jacking:

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A parent speaks up for school safety

Vote Tuesday, February 19. Safer Schools = a Safer Community

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On cops in Madison schools, Police Chief Koval offers some advice

“for those who continue to chant, click, and complain about our four School Resource Officers (SRO’s) as a ‘problem’ ” 


Notice something? The other candidates for Madison school board are beginning to pretend that they always supported keeping police in our four Madison public high schools. But not one of the other candidates used their personal prestige, put their name to a letter, or braved the social justice bullies at a school board meeting to testify in favor of keeping our school resource officers. Not one!

For that matter, not one mayoral candidate and not one current alder (with the notable exception of Paul Skidmore), not one county supervisor from Madison, not one member of Madison’s state legislative delegation —not one of them defended keeping cops in schools. 

But now, with an election approaching, watch them squirm. Continue reading

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